Nemanja Vidic looks almost certain to return to the Manchester United defence for Saturday's Premier League clash with Everton. The Serbian and Red Devils centre-half had been sidelined for the past three weeks with a calf injury.
Vidic was recently seen playing for his country against South Korea in a World Cup warm-up match. He lasted for a good 70 minutes and looked sharp. Even Sir Alex Ferguson had a talk with Serbian coach Raddy Antic about the fitness of Vidic and was given the green light.
It will be a big boost to Manchester United who are missing Rio Ferdinand and find themselves in third place, five points behind leaders Chelsea. I think Evans would partner Vidic in the center, while Wes Brown may be used as cover.
One strange thing that I have noticed this season is that Vidic has started just seven games for United so far. Also, we are seeing a lot of Johny Evans these days, either to fill Rio's place or Vida's place. Is this an indication that Vidic will leave Old Trafford to join Barcelona? I feel, Yes. Therefore, Fergie is trying out Evans in different situations so that he gets ready to become a regular for United.
Tomorrow's game against Everton would see Sir Alex Ferguson in the Manchester United dugout as his punishment would begin from next week. He was handed a two-game touchline ban for his comments about referee Alan Wiley. This will mean that Fergie will have to watch the game against Portsmouth and Tottenham (Carling Cup tie) from the stands.
Meanwhile, Fergie will enjoy watching tomorrow's game from close range as he will get a chance to see Everton's teenage midfielder Jack Rodwell. Everton have valued this teen at £20million and a move to United might be possible during the January transfer window.