The Old Trafford Manager will have to decide today whether to include the injury-hit midfield battler in his 25-man squad.
Owen Hargreaves is poised to find out just how much faith Sir Alex Ferguson has in his recovery from the devastating injury that has wrecked his United career.
The Reds boss has to lodge his 25-man squad with the Premier League by Wednesday teatime.
And UEFA also have to be informed of United’s Champions League pool for the group stages.
Any player not included will not be able to play league football or in the European Cup until 2011.
Hargreaves is on dodgy ground as Fergie contemplates whether to gamble on his fitness.
The midfielder is still in America after returning for more rehab in Colorado where he had had two knee operations last year in specialist Dr Richard Steadman’s clinic.
The 29-year-old hasn’t started a senior match for the Reds since September 2008.
He managed a 30-second comeback cameo as a sub for the first team last May at Sunderland, but after training during the summer pulled out of the Reds pre-season tour of the US and Canada to return to Colorado.
The Premier League’s new rule has been introduced to stop clubs buying older foreign-born players.
Fergie has welcomed the new restrictions and says United won’t have a struggle to adhere to them.
But he confesses that the Hargreaves situation poses a problem.
“The key requirement is that each squad must include at least eight homegrown players who have been affiliated to the FA for three full seasons before the age of 21,” said Sir Alex.
“For Manchester United it’s not a problem, at least for this season, because we have the likes of Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher, Wes Brown, Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand, John O’Shea, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney.
“So this means there is no problem with our senior foreign players like Edwin Van der Sar, Tomasz Kuszczak, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Antonio Valencia, Nani, Anderson, Dimitar Berbatov, Ji-sung Park and Javier Hernandez.
“There is no limit on the number of players under the age of 21. So there are no complications for our up and coming youngsters such as the da Silva brothers, Tom Cleverley, Bebe and Chris Smalling. I have plenty of room to manoeuvre.
“There is only one issue really and that is whether I can afford to allot one of the 25 places to Owen Hargreaves as he continues to battle for full fitness.”
Hargreaves has been in America for seven weeks and there has been no update on his condition and progress since. (Manchester Evening News)
Interesting quotes from Sir Alex Ferguson, who is clearly very happy with his current squad despite the Hargreaves dilemma. It has been a tough few years for Hargreaves and not being included in the team’s squad would be another massive blow.
There are currently no indications of how much longer Hargreaves is likely to be on the sidelines, and there have been rumours of the player being close to retirement at points over the last year. When fit, Hargreaves can be a fantastic asset for both Manchester United and England, and today’s announcement could well be an indication of the player’s long term future.