The unbeaten start to this season, which Manchester United have enjoyed has been achieved almost entirely without the Red Devils first choice central defensive pairing of previous seasons of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, has resulted in Sir Alex Ferguson declaring that both players are no longer guaranteed a place in his starting XI even when fully fit, according to BBC
Ferdinand and Vidic have not played alongside one another since the opening weekend of the Premier League season against West Brom, as a result of them both limping out of that game with injuries which they have endured slow recoveries from. During this time Chris Smalling, Johnny Evans and Phil Jones have all taken turns to competently fill the void left by the absence of Ferdinand and Vidic.
Therefore whilst the potential exists for the pair to be reinstated at the heart of United’s defence for this afternoon’s game against Liverpool, Ferguson admits they are going to have their hands to retain their places on a regular basis. “Rio and Nemanja are well aware they are going to have to play well to keep their places. Competition is so fierce now with these young lads coming through,” said Ferguson.
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