FOOTBALL NEWS

23/09/2012 17:00, Report by Steve Bartram

Vidic absence explained

Nemanja Vidic's omission from Sunday's victory at Anfield was merely a precautionary decision, Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed.

The Serbian, who completed back-to-back outings against Wigan and Galatasaray earlier this week, was left out of the Reds' 18-man squad for the 2-1 triumph.

So soon after returning from anterior cruciate ligament damage, Sir Alex practiced prudence when Vidic subsequently felt tightness in his knee ahead of Sunday's game.

"He was just feeling a bit tight round about his knee and we decided just to give him a break today," the boss told MUTV. "Hopefully he'll be alright next week."

The Serbian may be in contention to face Tottenham at Old Trafford next Saturday, a timely boon for the Reds after Rio Ferdinand limped through much of the win over Liverpool.

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