Vidic being fit is like a new signing for Manchester United

The Serbian centre-half has stated that he is fit ahead of the new season, which will be a big boost for the Premier League champions

Nemanja Vidic came through a full 90 minutes for Manchester United in their pre-season 1-1 draw with AIK, and has said that he is almost fit and raring to go for the new season.

With Sir Alex Ferguson stepping down from the Old Trafford hot seat, frustration in the transfer market and Wayne Rooney potentially on his way out of the club, United need all the positive news they can get – and these words will be a tonic to the club’s fans.

"I am pleased that I have 90 minutes under my belt," Vidic told MUTV.

"It's a long time since I've played a full game. I am pleased with that and I hope that after this game I can pick up my fitness and I will be ready for the beginning of the season.

"It's frustrating when you don't get the games. I've done some good training but it's different when you're playing a match. I got 90 minutes tonight and we have two more games before the start of the league season. Hopefully I can get another 90 minutes before then."

Since damaging his cruciate ligament against Basel in 2011-12, the Serbian enforcer has struggled to fully return to the fray. In his first five seasons with the club Vidic was a virtual ever-present when fit, but the eastern European stopper only managed 19 Premier League appearances last term.

For United, having Vidic fit and playing consistently would be a huge boost. Manchester City have their captain and figurehead in the form of Vincent Kompany at the back; Chelsea have theirs in John Terry. In what will be a close title race this term, United need their skipper on the park for the guts of the campaign.

Despite being 31, Vidic is still a massively able defender, and his inclusion improves the United line-up. The Red Devils conceded 43 Premier League goals last year, and David Moyes will be keen to reduce this dramatically in the upcoming campaign – a fit Nemanja Vidic at the back will do much to achieving this.

Not only does Vidic give the Premier League champions a domineering performance on the pitch, he offers leadership and someone for others to look up to. Whether Moyes opts to partner Vidic with fellow old-timer Rio Ferdinand remains to be seen. If it is Phil Jones or Chris Smalling that get the nod as the Serb’s partner, Vidic’s inclusion will wholeheartedly assist the less-experienced man.

Vidic will need to play another full 90 minutes in pre-season to prove that he is ready to face Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on the opening day of the season. However, the signs are positive, and United will be glad to have their skipper back available.

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