experience, that warrior-type defending he’s renowned for. I don’t know whether I’ll start him against Sunderland but at least we have him back and given the number of injuries we’ve had to defenders over the last two or three years, I think it’s a bonus for us."
If Vidic doesn’t start against Martin O’Neill’s side then Chris Smalling, who came on for the injured Evans against Manchester City last weekend, is likely to partner Rio Ferdinand in the centre of defence. "Chris Smalling came on against City and did very well, he was excellent," said Sir Alex.
Elswhere, Kagawa is due back in full training next week. "Shinji should start training with the first team on Monday, which is good news," added the boss. "He’s doing very well now. Nani is still out. Rio’s okay, there’s no problem with him. We’re more or less in good shape."
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