Vidic may return for United against CFR Cluj

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 December, 2012, 2:16am


Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is hoping to welcome back captain Nemanja Vidic for his side's final Champions League group game against Romanian side CFR Cluj tonight.

The 31-year-old Serbian defender returned to training last week after undergoing knee surgery in September that has kept him out of action.

Ferguson is set to make a host of changes for the game at Old Trafford, much like he did for the visit to Galatasaray, as United have already won their group.

The return of Vidic would be a boost for Ferguson after United conceded three in a seven-goal thriller against Reading last Saturday.

Ferguson may also rest Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans ahead of their visit to cross-city rivals Manchester City on Sunday as he does not expect Vidic to feature in that crunch clash even if he comes through tonight's game unscathed.

"I'm hopeful Vidic will play [tonight]. I think there is a good chance he will," said Ferguson. "It depends on himself, of course.

"It's a big bonus [to have Vidic back]. The game will allow me to play [Phil] Jones, [Chris] Smalling, Vidic and [Alexander] Buttner can play left back. That is a good foundation to start the game. I knew he [Vidic] was doing really well with the physios and he was doing football training with them in terms of striking the ball.

"But he came into training last Monday with the first team and did okay. He was not involved in the competitive part, he was passive in playing for both teams and being free ... but he did alright."