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Ruptured Cruciate To Keep Vida Out For Months

Nemanja Vidic left the stadium on crutches last night following our 2-1 defeat at the hands of FC Basel and his agent, Silvano Martina, has today confirmed the severity of the injury.

“It seems inappropriate to talk about that, because unfortunately he has suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament.”

In response to a follow-up question asking if the player would be out for several months, the agent said: “Unfortunately so, yes.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. RedBlizzard says:


    Just expect the worst so the only suprise will be a pleasant one. Personally i’ve accepted Manchester United is still getting baked in the oven right now and Fergie’s cake isnt ready, but expect a flurry of trophies throughout the next 5 years. But make no mistake Vidic is a huge blow, he’s out for the season, i’ve seen some pretty gruesome injuries but i personally winced watching Vida’s leg get caught under that Viking’s frame, crap i felt pain in my stomach

  2. kanchelskis says:


    catch up!



    I admire your optimism, and wish I shared it!

    As I’ve said before, Fergie needs to settle on Vidic’s stand-in straight away. It looks for all the world like it will be Evans. The twins’ injury record means Jones and Smalling will be constantly needed at RB, and we dont’ want to be swapping CBs around all the time.

    Let’s hope that with a few games under his belt, he can get back to his best.

  3. gerkeo says:

    Sorry, didn’t see kanchelskis’s earlier post

  4. dazbomber says:

    Right has everyone stopped feeling sorry for themselves , time to man up and get behind the fucking team. We want this we want that , me me me. Start by singing your fucking heads off on Saturday going 3 pts of the top of the league . Win this fucking cup turn it into a positive . Those were the days my friend stood in the Streford End we sing and Chat for ever and a day , we live the life we chose we fight end never lose those were the days ho yes those were the days , Make it great again. Exterminate exterminate.

  5. CedarsDevil says:


    Cheers buddy…………. If we cannot look forward to United playing without optimism then what is the point eh?

  6. dazbomber says:

    Sorry 2pts off the lead even better

  7. CedarsDevil says:


    Fucking well said, not sure how better to express myself!

  8. kanchelskis says:


    No worries ;-)

  9. CedarsDevil says:

    Fuck I miss the Stretty …………

    We love UNITED we do, we love UNITED we do………. Oooh UNITED we love you

  10. 68Devils says:

    Bring home wootton and tunnicliffe

  11. Costas says:

    Usually I am not a fan of panic buying, but we need another body in defence once the January transfer window opens. Don’t know if it’s going to be a new signing, someone on loan or De Laet returning, but our current options aren’t enough for the 27 games we have left. That number could increase up to 39 games if we go all the way in the FA cup and the Europa League.

  12. RedBlizzard says:


  13. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    The way I see it, the biggest problem without Vidic will be our aerial ability. Let’s look at the people we have left: Rio, Evans, Jones and Smalling. Rio has never been the biggest header of the ball and he has never put his body on the line. His game depends on reading the danger and being in a position where he doesn’t have to put himself on the line. The same applies for Evans as well. Jonny’s biggest problem has been that he gets himself in positions where he has to put his body on the line like Vidic but doesn’t do it. Jones will put his body on the line. However, he lacks the height to be as physically imposing as Vidic is. And we still haven’t given him a run of games in the centre of defense. Smalling is like the first two. He has the height but he also doesn’t put himself on the line.

    That is going to be our biggest problem. What happens when we face Bolton, Stoke, Chelsea with Drogba and any other team fighting for relegation? Unless Jonny’s personally asked by the boss to put himself on the line and go hard into headers, we should have an alternate plan for dealing with corners, free-kicks and throw-ins from such teams. This is the kind of situation where we need Wesley Brown and John O’Shea. Oh wait….

    Where the fuck are you Costas? You fucking jinxed it. I told you at the beginning of the season itself not to speak about it. :lol:

  14. kanchelskis says:


    Evans -vs- Drogba? Only one winner mate.

  15. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    In case you lot haven’t read, the financial cost of United’s early exit courtesy of Anders. Good news is that there isn’t going to a mega-huge loss financially, for whatever that is worth.

    @kanchelskis, :lol:

    Yeah, I almost forgot that one. But if you notice, a lot of Evans problems are due to the fact that he lets the ball bounce without attacking it full on like Vidic does. Most of his so-called mistakes are due to the above reason. IMO, he should begin to be more brave and learn to put his body on the line more often. If he does that, then he will turn out to be a complete defender in many ways.

  16. Costas says:


    One of my main worries about their departures was the event of a serius injury, After Tony V’s experience, I realized that it can come at any time.

  17. parryheid says:

    Yeah promote the youth.This the same youth that got hammered by Sunderland reserves last night.That would be a great idea.

  18. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Make no mistake about it loss of Vidic is huge. Up to Jones,Smalling and Evans to step up. We get another injury in defence it will be more square pegs and round holes, especially as how the twins struggle to stay fit. We need the twins just as much as the centre halves cos we cant keep playing jones and smalling at right back, only other option is Tony V as De Laet is on a season long loan and cant be recalled
    Another body in Jan isnt a bad idea tried something similar when Rio was banned. Went in for Southgate but Boro wanted too much money.

  19. Jeet says:

    @parryheid: Agreed it could be dicey, but what else can we do? Half the squad is out injured, and we have to play every effin thursday. Surely we have to play a bunch of youngsters in the Europa cup? I mean we really don’t seem to have a choice now, do we?

  20. parryheid says:

    What do we do ?well for starters play not one of our remaining first team pool in the Europa cup.Another thing we can do is pray we dont drop any points between here and the transfer window.Finally get our paws into that cash mountain and get buying not the two I thought we needed but double that.

  21. StatesideAussie says:

    Anyone know how I would submit an article to Scott for him to consider? I’ve been doing some detailed analysis of injuries, comparing types of injuries year by year for a number of clubs (so far: us, rent boys, the arse, dippers and spurs) since August 2002.

  22. King Eric says:

    parry – Err I think you will find the best youth players werent even playing last night having been in Switzerland or on loan. ie. Tunnicliffe, Morriosn, Fryers and Larnell Cole.

  23. smartalex says:

    StatesideAussie, there is a button at the top of this and every page of RoM: ‘ CONTACT ‘

  24. StatesideAussie says:

    SmartAlex … yeah, silly me. I saw it. I didn’t realize that contained an invitation to submit articles — I figured (based on no evidence and obviously not much thought either) that it was just for technical stuff.

  25. smartalex says:

    No worries! I hope your figures figure, figuratively speaking.

  26. parryheid says:

    Err,Tunnicliffe is on loan and therefore by strict definition not a reserve team player,But Pogba the Keane’s and the like were and they are players people are howling to be fast tracked uh uh .

  27. parryheid says:

    While I’m at it I will make it clear and I know I should not be responding to you as we are fire and petrol as if you and I are in disagreement/dispute on any point I have the impression you have an ulterior motive and the handers appear on the scene without fail or don’t you remember the last time I asked if you needed handers and your reply? Anyway I wont pursue the matter.

  28. smartalex=liar says:

    Will miss you vidic


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