Man United’s Rio Ferdinand: We can cope without Nemanja Vidić

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand insists the Red Devils can cope without their injured captain Nemanja Vidić

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Rio Ferdinand is confident Man United can cope without Nemanja Vidić Photo: TSR

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Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United can cope without injured Red Devils captain Nemanja Vidić.

The Serbia international was ruled out for around two months on Monday after undergoing an operation on his right knee.

The 30-year-old was forced to sit out United’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool due to the problem and will miss key games against Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal over the coming weeks.

However, Ferdinand pointed to United’s title run last season in the absence of Vidić, who suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament in November – and the centre-half is confident Sir Alex Ferguson’s side will be able to cope with the blow, with Jonny Evans returning to the first-team.

“We got within one kick of winning the league last season having to deal with that, so fingers crossed with the experience we have gained having to do that, we should be in good stead,” Ferdinand told the Manchester Evening News.

“The disappointing thing has not been getting the stability in the defence – but again that is testament to our squad. We have players who can come in and perform.

“Jonny Evans came in at Liverpool for Nemanja Vidić and performed very well.

“We have had to deal with a lot of defensive changes for the last couple of years and we are getting used to it now.

“But it would help if we could get some consistency with players playing week in, week out. It is the bedrock for success.”

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