David Moyes hopeful Nemanja Vidic will return for Cardiff

Moyes hopeful Vidic will return for Cardiff

November 22, 2013

David Moyes is hopeful Nemanja Vidic will recover from concussion in time to keep his place in the Manchester United defence for Sunday’s trip to Cardiff.

Nemanja Vidic
PA PhotosNemanja Vidic was subbed off against the Gunners.

The United captain was hurt in a collision with goalkeeper David de Gea in the 1-0 win over Arsenal, had to be substituted at half-time and was taken to hospital.

But manager Moyes believes the international break came at a good time for centre-back Vidic.

He said: “Concussion is something which you do need to rest. He’s had his rest and we’ll bring him back and hopefully he’ll be fine. It's not a serious injury -- concussion can be extremely serious -- but he had a week off afterwards and we’ve given him a chance to recover. We’ve picked him up slowly from there.”

United are certain to be without Michael Carrick, who has an achilles injury, for the visit to Wales but manager Moyes welcomed the news that the midfielder signed a one-year contract extension to keep him at Old Trafford until 2015.

And the Scot believes the 32-year-old is important to his country as well as his club and expects Roy Hodgson to take him to Brazil next summer.

He added: "England have had some top midfielders over the years and Michael fits into that category as well. I think he is recognised by people. I would be surprised if he wasn't part of the England squad that went to the World Cup."

Ryan Giggs will return to his home country in the week of his 40th birthday, which he will celebrate next Friday, and Moyes said: "The best thing is to say he doesn't play like he's 40 and he doesn’t look like he's 40." 

United are in their best spell under Moyes after going nine games unbeaten and have defeated Arsenal.

And the manager said: “We're on a good run of form, we’re feeling good at the moment, we have confidence about us and we want to try and keep that going.”

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