Manchester United Injury News: Nemanja Vidic Will Not Be Fit for Derby Match

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United celebrates victory at the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on December 3, 2011 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Manchester United were dealt a blow on Tuesday when their team captain Nemanja Vidic was ruled out of the Manchester derby on Sunday. 

Vidic has been out injured since September and was looking to make a return on Wednesday against Cluj in the final match of the Champions League group stage. The United captain last played on September 19th in the Champions League against Galatasaray.

He would be a welcome addition to the struggling United defense. 

Since Vidic left the United lineup, the Red Devils have given up 26 goals in 17 matches in all competitions. In those 17 matches, the club have only recorded two clean sheets, which is the same amount of clean sheets the club had in Vidic's five appearances this season. 

Vidic has not been the only central defender who has missed time due to injury this season for United as Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans have all missed matches this season as well. 

The healthiest defender in the middle of the Red Devils' back four has surprisingly been the oft-injured Rio Ferdinand, who has started 12 of the club's 14 EPL matches this season. 

Luckily for manager Sir Alex Ferguson, the central part of his defense has been the only part of his back four that has been plagued by injury this season.

Fullbacks Rafael and Patrice Evra have started every EPL match this season and have shown no signs of fatigue or injury at the moment. 

However, United are now facing concerns in their midfield as Anderson, Nani, Antonio Valencia and Shinji Kagawa will be out for the Manchester derby on Sunday as well.