Man United’s David Moyes issues Nemanja Vidic warning

Manchester United manager David Moyes warns Nemanja Vidic that he'll have to win back his first-team place

Nemanja Vidic
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David Moyes has warned Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic that he faces a battle to secure a first-team spot.

The Serbia international,31, has been sidelined since United’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle United at Old Trafford earlier in December.

There is competition for places there and you are going to have to play well to stay in the team

David Moyes

Moyes already has Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling vying for the centre-half positions at Red Devils.

And the Scot, who replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at the Old Trafford helm this summer, insisted Vidic would have to earn his place in the Red Devils side.

“Nemanja is just about ready to play now,” said Moyes.

“But we have five centre-halves. We can use Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand and him.

“There is competition for places there and you are going to have to play well to stay in the team.”

Vidic has been linked with a move to Serie A in recent weeks with the defender’s contract set to expire in the summer.

And Juventus striker Carlos Tevez believes Vidic would easily adapt to the Italian top-flight.

“He’s very strong, a really good defender. I played with him and against him, when I moved to Manchester City. Of course he’d be very suitable for the Italian championship,” Tevez told Tuttosport.

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