Vidic was out for the majority of last season with a cruciate knee injury and in his absence United lost the title on goal difference, he returned this term but after a few games was ruled out for 8 weeks after having a meniscus operation.
Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans didn’t do too bad a job last season in his absence but this past Saturday United crashed to a second defeat of the season, losing 3-2 to Tottenham.
Writing in his column in The Sun, former Newcastle striker Shearer has cast his doubts on United’s ability to regain the title instead claiming the title will remain at the Etihad or head to Stamford Bridge:
“It is early days in the title race but already Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow from which they will not recover.
“Before the season started I did not think they were strong enough to win the title despite all their new signings. With the loss of Nemanja Vidic now for two months I am even more convinced that the Premier League trophy will either be staying put or heading to Stamford Bridge.
“In truth his loss last season probably cost them the title. For me they are looking a lot more vulnerable now. On Saturday against Tottenham Alex Ferguson’s men were cruelly exposed by the pace of Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker.”
“Jonny Evans is a decent defender but he is no Nemanja Vidic. While Rio Ferdinand can still do a job at the top level, he is not the defender he was five years ago. The same can be said of Patrice Evra, whose form continues to nosedive.”