Vidic fitness boost for United

  • Last Updated: August 7 2013, 8:14 BST

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic declared himself fit for the new campaign after completing his first full match of pre-season in Tuesday night's 1-1 friendly draw with AIK Fotboll in Stockholm.

Nemanja Vidic: Has recovered fully from a back injury
Nemanja Vidic: Has recovered fully from a back injury

The Serbia defender missed the Barclays Premier League champions' tour of the Far East and Australia due to a back complaint but featured under new boss David Moyes for the first time last night and was delighted to come through unscathed.

"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.

Nemanja Vidic

15. Nemanja Vidic

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"I got 90 minutes (last night) and we have two more games before the start of the league season. Hopefully I can get another 90 minutes before then."

Nani and Jonny Evans limped off at the Friends Arena with groin and ankle issues, respectively, but Moyes insisted afterwards that their withdrawals were not cause for major concern.

"Jonny actually got kneed on the ankle," the Scot said. "He thought that he was going to be able to run it off. But if we left him on then it would only have got worse for him.

"Nani just felt his groin tighten up and he didn't want to take any risks. Neither did we. We thought it was safer to take him off at that time."

Moyes added: "(Nemanja) was probably the big thing for us, to get him through the full game.

"Robin (Van Persie) as well - he got 90 minutes. Robin has played in some of the other games but we wanted to make sure he had 90 minutes under his belt. So a few of them did that.

"It was a tough enough workout for us and they played some good stuff. If we had taken our chances then we would have won the game."

Moyes steered clear of talking too much about Wayne Rooney's future, saying of the England striker: "He's got a shoulder injury. I don't think it will keep him out very long. He fell on it in the game the other day."

Asked about Rooney's reaction to the Red Devils turning down Chelsea's latest bid, Moyes said: "I don't know. I've not asked him."

Pushed on whether he would have to convince the 27-year-old to remain at Old Trafford, the United boss replied: "You don't need to convince anyone to play for Manchester United."

Moyes was also tight-lipped on the topic of whether a third bid would be tabled for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, saying: "I can't say anything about it."


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