Man United’s Nemanja Vidić hopes to be fit start of Premier League

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidić hopes to be fit for the start of the Premier League season after a knee ligament injury

Nemanja Vidic
Nemanja Vidic suffered a season-ending injury in December Photo: marc_tacoma, via Flickr

Nemanja Vidic

Nemanja Vidić is targeting a return to the Manchester United first-team in time for the start of the Premier League in August.

The 30-year-old only made 10 appearances for the Red Devils last season as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side faltered on both domestic and European fronts after their captain picked up a serious knee injury in their defeat by Basel in December.

Vidić failed to recover from damaged knee ligaments before end of the title race, which Manchester City won on the final day of the season courtesy of a 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers.

Ferguson was forced to rely on the less experienced defensive options of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, and Northern Ireland’s Jonny Evans, who impressed alongside Rio Ferdinand in the absence of the Serbian.

“I can now run and do some things on the pitch which is better for me psychologically because for the last four months it’s been every day in the gym, which is hard,” Vidić told the Sun.

“But the worst part is behind me. I can look forward to the second half of the rehabilitation and work more on my fitness.

“Hopefully, I’ll be fit for the big kick-off.”

But Ferguson issued a warning to his captain in April that the centre-half must prove his form before being handed a regular starting spot in the Red Devils first-team.

“Hopefully – and I think I am right – we are in a really strong position with centre-backs,” said Ferguson.

“Jones and Smalling were bought for the long-term and have proved they can play in other positions of course and when Vidić comes back at the start of next season we will have a strong defensive core there.

“He won’t travel with us on the pre-season tour but he will certainly be ready for the start of the season.

“Then I can pick and choose whatever two I fancy or whatever two are in consistent form.”

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