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Man Utd Injury & Team News Update: Vidic, Kagawa, Evans & More…

Man Utd play Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday looking to extend their lead at the top of the table and Fergie has given an injury update ahead of the game.


Manchester United welcome Sunderland to Old Trafford on Saturday looking to extend their lead at the top of the table, and Sir Alex Ferguson has given an injury and team news update to ahead of the game.

The United manager gave the latest on Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans, Shinji Kagawa, Nani and Rio Ferdinand at his weekly press conference and the big news is that Vidic is back in the squad and in contention this weekend.

The United captain has been restricted to just 10 appearances over the last year or so due to knee trouble but he has been training well and Ferguson feels it’s a big boost to have the defender back, but isn’t sure whether he will start him or not.

If Vidic does come in, he will replace Evans who’s been ruled out with a hamstring injury, but if the Serb fails to make the starting line-up Chris Smalling is likely to continue alongside Rio Ferdinand – who Ferguson says is fine to play this weekend.

Nani remains out with a hamstring strain but midfielder Kagawa is due to resume training with the rest of the first team squad on Monday after recovering from a knee injury. Here is what Fergie told Man Utd’s official website:

“Nemanja is back in the squad tomorrow but Jonny Evans is out obviously after his injury last week,”

“He got the injury midway through the first half and he struggled on to half-time but I always think with muscle injuries that if you start the second half with it it’s a problem.”

“Chris Smalling came on and did very well, played excellent. But having Vida back in the squad is a big, big one for us. My only issue is whether to start him or not. We hope we have given Nemanja the proper rehabilitation. We’ll give him a chance and we hope he sails through it but I don’t know whether he will start. He’s only played 10 games in the last 12 month which is not like Nemanja.”

“Shinji should start training with the first team on Monday, which is good news,” added the boss.

“He’s doing very well now. Nani is still out. Rio’s okay, there’s no problem with him. We’re more or less in good shape.”

How much difference will having Vidic back make to Man Utd? Get involved in the comments section.



  1. Mohammed .b. Mohammed

    December 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I warn sir by selling nani i think is a great mistake

  2. patrick osammor

    December 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Give Nani more time like you gave to Fletcher and Evans to prove themselves.
    I have known you to allow people ample time to adapt and develope when things are not going well for them. If you had bought Dembele like you made us believe you needed him, this mess would have been avoided. You are causing United dearly because of over-sightedness and complacency. But, that not withstanding, you are a great couch.

  3. Olaiya Sanusi Adesina

    December 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    It will be a huge mistake by united sell NANI because he is our best winger for now

  4. Omeudo o john

    December 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    The vida came back at the right time,there is no doubt about his potential,he is a real big boost to our squard.long live united…

  5. Alex

    December 15, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Sir, you are a big couch i must confess but selling nani wil nt be good. Vidic you are welcome.

  6. Gibson

    December 15, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Welcome back the big man vidic.sir please dont sell Nani

  7. Emmanuel

    December 15, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Welcome back Vidic
    It will be a huge mistake to sell Nani.

  8. chioma ifejiofor

    December 15, 2012 at 7:47 am

    im very glad we have vida back. I only hope he can stay clear of injuries. If not, it might be advisable 2 cash in on him while we stil can. And as for Nani, its not a question of his quality. We all knw what a great player he is. But he keeps struggling wit consisteny. And then combined with his attitude problem(imagine fighting with one of our academy prospects. Dats poor from a senior player of his standing. Can u imagine Rooney or Vidic doin that?) Nani’s form this season has been so poor. He should have been happy that man united was offering a new contract. Instead he had to start demanding double his present wages. I personally feel that sir Alex has been more than patient wit Nani. If his attitude does not improve then i think its alright to sell him while we still have the bargaining power. But not to a premier league club. We certainly dont want a Balloteli in our ranks, constantly making headlines for the wrong reasons. I support Sir Alex all the way.

  9. Babanhumairah

    December 15, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Selling Nani wil be a good decision,we should use the money to buy Rodriguez,Nani is an unreliable player, we can’t depend on him.

  10. Lukman mohammed

    December 16, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Selling nani is the best option but by bringing its strong replacement such as Rodriquez starlling and theo walcott. Cuz valencia also not doing the right he is inlack of experience.

  11. Al'ameen Safana

    December 18, 2012 at 12:16 am

    You are welcome vidic.I think you should give nani another chance am sure he’ll make it.luv u sir are the best.

  12. Prince Isa mohammed

    December 19, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Vidic u are wlcm back, yes our deffence is strong for now. Honestly we need somebody like shenaider in our midfield. And pls give Nani more time.

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