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Vidic refutes rift claims
Nemanja Vidic insists he has a 'marvellous understanding' with boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Vidic has once again been linked with a big-money move away from Old Trafford in recent days, speculation that was fuelled by his strange withdrawal from Sunday's FA Cup defeat by Leeds moments before kick-off. At the time, Ferguson could not shed any light on what had caused Vidic's absence, which suggested a breakdown in communication between the pair. It has now been established Vidic tweaked a nerve in his leg that was causing him enough discomfort to warrant him standing down from the side. "Everybody in the club knows that I have a marvellous understanding with my coach Ferguson," Vidic told Sportski Zurnal. "He said that he didn't talk with the club doctor but he didn't say that he doesn't believe in my injuries and that we are in a fight. I am not unhappy at Old Trafford. I am just injured. I hope that I will be able to play as soon as possible. The doctors told me that I will not be able to play for the next seven or 10 days so I don't think I will play against Birmingham on Saturday but I should be okay after that."
Staff reporter, Daily Mail
Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini is vowing to tear down the Old Trafford banner mocking Manchester City's lack of success. A banner at the Stretford End records the number of years since City last won a trophy and currently stands between 33 and 34 years. But the Blues' boss insists: "We will take the banner down! It is the last year it will be up, for sure."
The Daily Mail claims Mancini is keen on signing former Red Juan Sebastian Veron. But, according to the Daily Mirror, Veron has already turned down the chance to join City. Meanwhile, The Sun reckons United are battling with Arsenal for Cardiff City wonderkid Adam Matthews. The defender, 17, is seen as one of the best youngsters outside the top flight and has already played for Wales Under-21s.