Sir Alex Ferguson has today confirmed that Nemanja Vidic and Chris Smalling will be fit for the start of the season, although Jonny Evans is likely to be missing for the first few weeks as he recovers from an operation.

“Evans has had an operation,” he said. “I’m not sure he’ll start the season but he won’t be far away. Vidic will start the season. I am sure of that. He’s still at that level of doing a good amount of training but not the competitive level that the other lads are at. He’s better off staying at Carrington. Smalling has done a bit of training. He had a ruptured groin muscle which needed a lot of attention but he’s made gradual progress and we expect him to start the season.”