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Vidic 'Needs More Training' But Rio Is Fine

Sir Alex reveals why Nemanja Vidic has still not returned: he does not feel ready to take part in games.

'He feels he needs to do a lot of training and has been training for the past 10 days but he doesn't feel ready to take part in games.

'It is something we have to be patient with and that is what we are doing at the moment.'

Well that might indicate that not everything is okay with Vidic's attitude. He does not have a psychological fear of another injury which Saha had and which Hargreaves might have, I'm sure and this 'does not feel ready' thing is baffling and unprecedented. Vidic always used to be determined to play whenever possible and in the past he certainly would not delay his own return to action after 10 days of training.

Fergie talked about his desire to keep his Serbian star, though, he has no intention to let him leave this summer, despite the constant speculation and the current suspicions regarding his fitness.

'Of course we want him to stay. He is a great player. One of the best centre-backs in the world.

'Our players are the subject of speculation from time to time. You just have to deal with it.'

True but his claims would carry a lot more strength and credibility if he actually was able to select Vidic. The fact that the Serbian does not feel ready to take part in games is worrying, very worrying because it's very uncharacteristic.

His defensive partner, though, is fit and roaring to go, according to Fergie.

'We have to consider whether Rio will start tomorrow but I think he probably will,' said Sir Alex.

'We feel we've got to the bottom of the back problem. We certainly hope he'll be okay for the rest of the season. He's not missed a training session in the last six or seven weeks.

'We've worked really hard with him and he's worked very hard himself. He's now doing really well with his core work and we feel that will help him in the future.'

I certainly would not relish taking on AC Milan with Brown and Evans as centre-backs even though they do deserve praise for their recent performances. But Ferdinand's return is still a blessing, especially as Milan are also able to call on the services of their world-class ballplaying centre-back, Alessandro Nesta.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 15 2010

Time: 6:52PM

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Hmmm... the wording of his statement is definately indicative of a split opinion. Kind of implies that Fergie and/or the staff feel that 10 days training is enough and that he should be available but Vidic feels otherwise. Even if the rumours of his wifes unhapiness are true - why would he not want to play? There was talk of him feeling undervalued so perhaps he is skipping games to prove we need him? As you say Zae, that isnt the Vidic we know and love - I'd have thought he'd be one of the first to play through pain. I'm starting to think he's going soft in later years. As good as he is, I feel like evans is ready to step up so I wouldnt cry if we sold him for good money (30M+).
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16/02/2010 01:23:00

No point risking him.
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16/02/2010 10:48:00

You need a Vermaelen chaps! Plays through the pain. Only kidding, Vidic is a monster of a defender, but judging by Fergies comments about the injury he doesn't seem to believe the severity. Kind of a strange situation really, I though he was made of sterner stuff. Much like a few of our boys, soft as butter some of em, a sneeze sees them injured for 6 weeks.
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16/02/2010 13:40:00

I truely can't see any of this transfer talk materialising espicially with Real Madrid.
One United 23
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16/02/2010 18:28:00

COuld have done with Vidic tonight - Evans looked uncomfy at back agasint Pato and Ronaldinho
Thought Rafael had a decent game though, but we should have won more comfortably
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16/02/2010 22:01:00

I think the occassion probably got to Evans and Rafael a little bit, but thats expected at their age. If Rio and Vidic can play at least twice together before the second leg we should be ok. As long as Fletcher is in the middle and Fergie doesnt do something stupid like throw park or gibson into the middle we should be ok. Milan arent good enough to require our best performance, but if we play that badly at home - they have the experience to punish us and we might not be so lucky next time. Its time to bring Anderson back into the fold as Fletcher, Scholes and Gibson aint gonna cut it against Ambrosini, Seedorf and Pirlo.
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16/02/2010 22:28:00

If Vidic doesnt play next few games then I suspect something seriously wrong - not with injury, but his willingness to put on a Utd shirt and play with his heart and soul for us!
Ronaldo was similar in last few matches last year - but still gave his all to the club still wanting to win what he could with us - lets see him back at OT in 3-4 years....
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