Nemanja Vidic Injury Means Season Over: Time to Consider Transfers?
As if Manchester United fans weren’t on the receiving end of enough bad news it seems now there is even more. Following the exit of Man Utd from the Champions League following their match against Basel it now appears that centre-half Nemanja Vidic will be out for the rest of the season after an injury received in that game.
Manchester United confirmed the news today and said that Vidic had suffered knee ligament damage from his clash with Marco Streller during the 2-1 defeat to Basel on Wednesday. From a viewer’s point of view, slow-motion replays of the incident at the time did show what appeared to be a horrific injury so it’s hardly a surprise, but at a time when Man U needs him it’s a great loss to the side.
Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed, “Nemanja is out for the season. It is bad news. He will be a loss. I thought [the injury] was a bad one when I saw it,” according to BBC Sport. He also said that Serbian Vidic would need an operation but because of swelling that would not take place straight away. Vidic will be seeing a specialist on Monday. Sky Sports describes the injury as a ruptured cruciate ligament. Vidic had come back in October from a previous injury and the team had 6 clean sheets in the 8 games they’d played since with Vidic playing. Possible replacements will be Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling or Phil Jones.
This weekend Man Utd may well be without 9 key players for their game against Wolves. A win could take the team to within two points of Manchester City at the top of the Premiership. Those on the sidelines include Anderson, Cleverley, Fabio, Hernandez, Owen and Rafael and now of course Vidic. Ashley Young could also be out after aggravating a toe injury in Wednesday’s match. The only good news is that Dimitar Berbatov could make a return against Wolves following his ankle injury.
Ferguson continues to have trust in his squad saying, “These young players got a nasty experience on Wednesday but they know they have the trust of myself and their coaches. They will not be hounded because of one bad performance. Time will prove us right.”
We’d like to hear your thoughts on the current loss of Vidic to the Man Utd team. Do you think other players in the squad can step up to the mark, or maybe you think Sir Alex Ferguson will have to act in the transfer window coming up in January? Let us know with your comments.
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