Nemanja Vidic returns to action for Manchester United

 

Nemanja Vidic has admitted it will be a few weeks yet before he is back to top form.

The Manchester United skipper made an eagerly-awaited comeback from his cruciate operation in Norway yesterday.

Vidic managed an hour of the friendly with Valerenga in Oslo without a problem and is expected to play on Wednesday, when United take on Barcelona in Gothenburg.

With the Red Devils set to open their Premier League campaign against Everton at Goodison Park in a fortnight, Vidic needs to build up his fitness quickly.

However, the 30-year-old accepts the process will take time.

"After eight months without a game it's obvious that you have to get used to your positioning," he told MUTV.

"Fitness-wise it's not as it will be in a few weeks but my knee felt well and hopefully the next game will be better.

"I knew I would be out for six months. I tried to make the best of it and when I came back wanted to be the same as I was before the injury.

"That was my target. We'll see how good a job I did in that six months."

Speculation continues about deals for Robin van Persie and Lucas Moura being close to conclusion.

Former United skipper Gary Neville, who arranged for a reserve team to visit Forest Green yesterday as part of his Sustainability in Sport project, realises manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who did not travel to Norway, is eager to strengthen his squad, but that it will not be easy.

"The manager will always sign players he believes will develop into exceptional players," said Neville.

"There have been these stories about Lucas and no-one knows what is going to happen with Robin van Persie.

"It is always difficult to find the right players though.

"Manchester United already have an excellent squad who finished equal on points with the champions last year."

England Under-18 international Tyler Blackett caught the eye at the New Lawn during yesterday's 2-2 draw.

And Neville believes the match, although largely unnoticed, form an important part of any United youngster's footballing education.

"I remember playing in these types of games in pre-season as a youth player," he said.

"It is a big part of your education.

"You are playing in front of a few thousand as opposed to later in the season when there might be 500 for the reserves.

"Manchester United bring young players through and hopefully some of these lads can go on to become really great footballers."

 



PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
tv
News
Katie Hopkins appearing on 'This Morning' after she purposefully put on 4 stone.
peopleKatie Hopkins breaks down in tears over weight gain challenge
Life and Style
fashionModel of the moment shoots for first time with catwalk veteran
Life and Style
fashionAngelina Jolie's wedding dressed revealed
Sport
Alexis Sanchez, Radamel Falcao, Diego Costa and Mario Balotelli
footballRadamel Falcao and Diego Costa head record £835m influx
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint kiss in Doctor Who episode 'Deep Breath'
tv
Arts and Entertainment
Olivia Colman topped the list of the 30 most influential females in broadcasting
tv
Life and Style
techIf those brochure kitchens look a little too perfect to be true, well, that’s probably because they are
Arts and Entertainment
Danish director Lars von Trier
tvEnglish-language series with 'huge' international cast set for 2016
Life and Style
tech
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes': US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food served at diplomatic dinners

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
Radio Times female powerlist: A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering