Ferguson determined to keep Vidic

Sir Alex Ferguson insists he wants to keep Nemanja Vidic at

Manchester United, despite talk of the defender leaving Old

Trafford in the summer.

The Serbian’s future has been the subject of intense

speculation for most of this season, with Tuesday’s Champions

League opponents AC Milan being linked with a summer move for Vidic

and, more recently, Real Madrid.

Vidic’s continued absence from the United line-up with a

nerve problem has not done much to dampen down the rumours, with

claims surfacing that Ferguson is not greatly impressed with the

former Spartak Moscow man’s attitude.

But if that opinion is true, Ferguson has a funny way of

showing it judging by the forceful way he declared his desire for

the 28-year-old to remain at Old Trafford.

“Of course we want him to stay,” said the Scot. “He is a

great player. One of the best centre-backs in the world. ”

“Our players are the subject of speculation from time to

time. You just have to deal with it.”

What Ferguson is unable to do is put a date on when Vidic is

likely to return. The United boss did hint Vidic would be in his

starting line-up for the defeat of Portsmouth at Old Trafford nine

days ago.

But he did not make that, or the trip to Aston Villa which

followed.

And when the United party left Manchester for their attempt

to overcome AC Milan at the San Siro for the first time on Monday

morning, Vidic was not there either.

“It is a difficult one,” said Ferguson. “He feels he needs to

do a lot of training and has been training for the past 10 days but

he doesn’t feel ready to take part in games.

“It is something we have to be patient with and that is what

we are doing at the moment.”