Moyes Names 19-Man Squad For Asia Tour: Vidic Exclusion Raises Questions Over Future

By on July 10, 2013

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New Manchester United manager David Moyes has named his 19-man squad which will fly out to Bangkok, Thailand, today for the first leg of the clubs pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia, but the exclusion of Nemanja Vidic has raised a few eyebrows.

The club kick off their tour in Thailand before heading off to Australia, Japan and Hong Kong and in what was Moyes first major job since replacing Sir Alex Ferguson as manager earlier this summer, he’s gone for a blend of youth and experience in the 19-man squad.

As announced on ManUtd.com on Wednesday afternoon, the initial squad is:

Goalkeepers:

Anders Lindegaard, Ben Amos

Defenders:

Rafael, Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Alex Büttner, Fabio, Michael Keane

Midfielders:

Michael Carrick, Anderson, Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs, Wilfried Zaha, Jesse Lingard, Adnan Januzaj

Strikers:

Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck

The club confirmed that Robin van Persie and David De Gea will link up with the rest of the squad in Sydney while Shinji Kagawa is due to arrive in Japan for the third leg of the tour. Javier Hernandez has been given extended leave after only recently finishing his international commitments with Mexico so will miss the entire trip.

However, there is no explanation given on United’s official website for the absence of defender Vidic. While Sky Sports News suggest it could be linked with the centre-back’s troublesome knee injury that forced him to miss over a year of football, some newspapers are claiming he may have been left behind to try and sort out a move away to Italian giants AC Milan.

Other absentees through injury are Chris Smalling, Ashley Young and Nani and there is also no mention of them on the United website when the 19-man squad was announced, so I don’t think we should be reading too much into Vidic’s absence.

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11 Comments

  1. michael .E.

    July 10, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    let the era begin!!

  2. )ummy Prince

    July 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Fire the sqaurd down to succeSs.

  3. Isaac

    July 10, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    I think they should kee nani then valencia

  4. jude chibuike

    July 10, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    moyes try to sign players.

  5. Gareth bale

    July 10, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    This season man utd on danger since there is no more signing

  6. Ajartp

    July 10, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Sir mr moyes i need more player 4 additional squard.pls gud wil help u o.united will stand

  7. Matthew Ojeh, Nigeria

    July 10, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I believe united will do well under Moyes, though we need Alcantara and Strootman to bolster the midfielder.

  8. atanda hammed

    July 11, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Mr moyes man ntd need thiago and strooman pls

  9. David mweri kahindi

    July 11, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Pliz moyes we need an experience midfielder to handle the middle part if we were to survive next season

  10. afolami timothy a

    July 11, 2013 at 6:04 am

    man’r utd will experience total setback under new tactician david moyes: i cant even forseen good future during the tenure of these new tutor. The man is so stingy about tranfer of new player into theatre of dream. If man u doesn’t win any trophy in d incoming season so, it serve as devastating form 4 man u across. Utd we stand while divide we surely fall.4rm timmy

  11. IBRAHIM MAGAJI ABUBAKAR.KANO-NIGERIA.

    July 13, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    or man-utd.can’t u understand how u loose ur legend boss.and continue loosing ur fans do to ur selfishness.of lacking competative as a strong team as man-utd.u will be taking shame on ur rivals.they always confidet to beat u.SO THIS MESSAGE TELL U.AM ONE OF THE FANS U START LOOSING AND MANY ARE BEHIND ME.

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