Man United skipper Vidic could return against Sunderland

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SIR ALEX Ferguson has confirmed skipper Nemanja Vidic could return to first-team action against Sunderland this weekend.

Vidic has been on the sidelines for three months after undergoing an operation on his knee, after missing the bulk of last season with cruciate ligament damage in the other knee.

Ferguson insists there was never any prospect of the Serbian returning in last Sunday’s Manchester derby, but the Manchester United boss has confirmed that the 31-year-old could face Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday.

“It would have been crazy to play him against City but against Sunderland, definitely,” said Ferguson.

“It’s a big bonus to have him back. He is a real competitor with that uncompromising way of his. He likes defending – that’s what it is.

“In the last 18 months he has only had 10 games or something. It is not many games that he has played.

“Now he has no pain in the knee and it’s a different knee to the one he did his cruciate on. He’ll make a difference. He gives us options. And to have senior players like that, it’s helpful.”

If Vidic does play, he is likely to take the place of former Sunderland loanee Jonny Evans, who suffered a hamstring problem against Manchester City.