Vidic has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury in September, but The Daily Mirror’s Peter Ferguson quoted United manager Sir Alex Ferguson discussing his decision to bring back the team captain. Ferguson said, “It would have been crazy to play him against City, but against Sunderland - definitely. It’s a big bonus.”
The legendary manager has certainly missed Vidic and is understating just how much difference the 31-year-old will make upon his return.
United’s defense has been astonishingly inconsistent this year, and the club ranks 11th in the Premiership in goals allowed. As The Daily Mirror’s report notes, Ferguson has had to used 10 different combinations of centre-backs during this campaign.
Vidic is an incredibly valuable player who plays his position as well as anyone in the world. While it will take time for the Serbian to get his fitness back up to par, his presence alone will bring stability to United’s defense.
This is excellent news for the league leaders, and a negative development for the rest of the teams in England's top flight. The Red Devils currently have a six-point lead atop the table, and their greatest weakness may be one of the team’s strengths in a few short weeks.
With its best defender healthy again, United is in excellent position to shore up its problems along the back line and continue extending its advantage over the rest of the Premier League.