Scot says Serb’s return will aid United’s title bid.
Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson believes the return of captain Nemanja Vidic will aid his team’s title push.
The Serbia international, 31, underwent knee surgery in September after missing the final six months of last season following a serious knee injury.
Ferguson has confirmed the centre-half will return to his squad for Saturday’s game against Sunderland at Old Trafford.
United have leaked goals in Vidic’s absence and developed a habit of falling behind in matches.
Ferguson insists the return of his captain will boost his side but says nothing has been left to chance with the defender’s rehabilitation.
He said: “Having Vidic back in the squad is a big one for us. He’s got experience, the ability to head the ball, his defensive qualities are renowned now and he’s the captain.
“Whether I start him is another issue but it will be great to have him back.
“Obviously we hope we’ve given him the proper rehabilitation. I think that coming back from the last injury we gave him a long rehabilitation and it was a good one.
“But unfortunately he tweaked another injury and in the last year and four months or so he’s only played 10 games or something like that and that’s not enough football for someone who is 30 or 31 so it’s an issue but we hope it sails through it.
“We’ll give him the chance and there will be opportunities for him because he brings great experience and he brings that warrior-type of defending that he’s been renowned for.
“Given the number of injuries we’ve had to defenders over the last two or three years it’s a bonus for us.”
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