Vidic has been out since September after undergoing surgery on a torn meniscus in his knee, but it was thought the Serb would be back for United’s final Champions League tie against Cluj. Unfortunately the defender declared himself unready for the game thus meaning he missed out on Sunday’s derby.
Sir Alex claimed that Vidic wouldn’t have been thrown in at the deep end against the Premier League champions anyway, but now his captain is fully fit and raring to get his season underway albeit a couple of months late:
“It would have been crazy to play him against City, but against Sunderland – definitely. It’s a big bonus.
“In the last 18 months he has only had ten games or something – it is not many games that he has had.
“He is a battler, a real competitor. That uncompromising way of his … he likes defending, that’s what it is.”