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Man United’s Ferdinand, da Silva and Vidic Sidelined after Opening Weekend Win

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Manchester United defenders Rio Ferdinand and Rafael da Silva have each suffered injuries over the opening weekend of the Premier League and United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that center back Nemanja Vidic could also miss games.

The Associated Press reports that da Silva dislocated his shoulder while training for Sunday’s opener against West Bromwich Albion and will miss the first 10 weeks of the season. Ferdinand injured his hamstring during the 2-1 win against West Brom and will be out for six weeks. As for Vidic, Ferguson has given a time table of two weeks for the center back’s return from an injured calf.

Of the three, Vidic looks to be the biggest blow to the defense. United is a pretty deep team in general, with capable defenders in Chirs Smalling. Phil Jones and Patrice Evra looking to step in and fill out the ranks. What this says for Rio Ferdinand though is another story. The oft-injured back has missed many a game over the seasons and one has to wonder what would happen if an emerging player like Smalling, for instance, takes off while Ferdinand is out.

In the match against West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United won 2-1.

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  1. Harry

    August 15, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Maybe it was me, but Ferdinand didn’t seem like he was ‘all there’ in the match. Sad to see him hurt but this will now test the team to see if the 50 mil they spent was worth it.

  2. Matt

    August 15, 2011 at 12:10 am

    This is either going to drag them down like it did two years ago, or it will be the beginning of something for the young ones on the back line. If they come together collectively, this could be the start of a serious force defensively.

    Valencia could definitely see the field at RB as well (if someone goes down)

  3. BBC

    August 14, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Anyone have United’s record over the last 3 seasons when Ferdinand and/or Vidic is out?

    Add into the mix a new goalkeeper and a pretty tough fixture list in the early part of the season and this could put them into a big hole.

  4. MNUfan1991

    August 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Yikes! We still have Fabio, Smalling, Evans, Jones (what a great signing), and Evra, but if anything happens to them we could end up having Fletcher, Carrick, and Giggs playing center backs… not that it hasn’t happened before.

  5. MUFC77

    August 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Time to see what the kids are made of. A starting back line of Evans – Smalling – Jones – Evra against Spurs next week should provide a good test for them.

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