LONDON: Quinton Fortune is on track to be fit for the climax of Manchester United's Premiership and Champions League campaigns and is hoping he can land himself a new deal at Old Trafford.
The South African international, who played 45 minutes for United's reserves on Monday, has set his sights on a first team comeback against Liverpool on April 5.
Fortune broke his leg playing against Liverpool at Anfield in December and was sidelined until early March. He then suffered a fresh setback with a groin strain.
“The only problem I have had since I came back was that I had a groin injury,” he told MUTV. “I was told by the physios to only play 45 minutes, I wanted to play more on Monday, but I came off as a precaution. It was good to get match fitness, and I enjoyed it.
“I just need to work hard and carry on enjoying playing to get fit for first team football.”
United's clash with their arch rivals begins a run of games which will make or break their season. Successive Premiership games against Liverpool, Newcastle and Arsenal are sandwiched around the two legs of their Champions League quarter-finals against Real Madrid.
Fortune is desperate to be involved. “I'm just looking forward to the next few games coming up. Injuries happen and that is something you just have to get on with. I just want to get ready for the first team so the gaffer can use me if he needs to.”
Fortune was in the team that beat Newcastle 5-3 and Liverpool 2-1 in the autumn and served United well during a devastating injury crisis, operating in an unaccustomed central midfield role.
Those performances have probably done enough to ensure Fortune is offered a new deal when his contract expires in the summer, although the current financial climate in football means nothing is guaranteed.
“It's taking time but I'm sure it will be sorted out and hopefully in the next couple of weeks because I definitely want to stay here,” Fortune said.
“Words cannot describe what I feel like when I put on the Manchester United shirt and I don't want to go anywhere else because we have the best players.” – AFP