Manchester United pair Nemanja Vidic and Chris Smalling fit for new season

Guardian

• Jonny Evans unlikely to be ready after ankle operation• Ferguson: 'Vidic will start the season, I'm sure of that'Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed skipper Nemanja Vidic and fellow defender Chris Smalling will be fit for the new season.Vidic has been missing since rupturing cruciate ligaments in December, whilst Smalling required a groin operation that ruled him out of contention for Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad. However, Jonny Evans is unlikely to face Everton at Goodison Park on 20 August after a summer ankle operation."Jonny has had an operation," said Ferguson. "I am not sure he will start the season but he won't be far away. Chris Smalling has done a bit of training. The ruptured groin muscle he had certainly needed a lot of attention. He is gradually progressing and I expect him to start the season."That co...

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