Vidic return boosts United but Ferguson must not rush him back

by Sam Peoples

According to The Mirror, Nemanja Vidic is back in full training with the first team squad and is in line for a potential return to the starting line-up against FC Cluj next week, weeks earlier than anticipated.

Speaking about Nemanja Vidic earlier in November to MUTV, Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed he likely wouldn’t make a return before Christmas. He said: “I think we’re talking around December for Vidic. Maybe around Christmas time.” 

So, Nemanja would be coming back ahead of schedule. Great news, right? A double edged sword I’d say.

We desperately missed having our captain last season with a defence that lacked leadership and having him back for the start of the season was, despite the cliché, like signing a new player.

However, eight months out of the game took its toll and Vidic lacked match sharpness and fitness. Poor performances including an own goal against Fulham weren’t what we had grown to love from the Serbian, and it was obvious he had been rushed back amidst a defensive crisis.

Sure enough, after being rested against Liverpool due to a tightness in his knee, he underwent surgery in September that has ruled him out up until now.

I do hope Vidic is back in full training because that would be a massive boost for the squad. Having our captain back for the second half of the season would be a bigger lift than any new signing, but Sir Alex has to make sure he isn’t rushed back into the side again.

Now that we have Evans, Rio, Jones and Smalling all fit, we have defensive options and time is on our side. Easing Vidic back into the action slowly will allow him to regain that sharpness without the added pressure of having to start every game.

I’ve seen fans voicing their concerns that Vidic may not ever return to the form that saw him win a spot in FIFA’s 2011 World XI but I am confident that if he can build his fitness up over the next four weeks and concentrate on making a Christmas return as scheduled, we’ll see the return of the real Nemanja Vidic.

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Deelity 11/30/2012 - 05:30

Up man utd

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Emmanuel mathew 11/30/2012 - 05:08

I love man united, i always annoyed if man u loose, my advice to sir alex is on mildfield utd need mildfieder.

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