Ferguson determined to keep Vidic

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.”