Double boost for United
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Park Ji-sung and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are to resume full training for Manchester United.
Park Ji-sung and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are set to resume full training for Manchester United.
Park has been sidelined since damaging ankle ligaments in United's 1-0 victory over Tottenham in September.
Solskjaer, meanwhile, has not played since pulling a hamstring in the final seconds of the shock UEFA Champions League defeat to Copenhagen at the start of the month.
However, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has now confirmed that both players are ready to return and will be fit to feature in the gruelling schedule of fixtures running up to Christmas.
"Ji-sung and Ole will begin training this week which is great news for us," Ferguson told Manchester United Radio.
"With the hectic December period coming up it's great we'll have those players available."
Ferguson also revealed that Alan Smith is being put through a special training programme in a bid to boost his fitness.
He explained: "Alan is coming along fine. We've changed his fitness programme with the first team - he's now doing special training to aid his speed.
"He's responding well and is enjoying it. He realises that there is a lot of hard work involved but he's putting everything into it."