As if things weren't bad enough for Manchester United after going out of the UEFA Champions League with a loss to FC Basel, it got worse when news came in that Nemanja Vidic could miss up to four months with a knee injury suffered in the loss. The central defender went off on a stretcher in the 43rd minute of United's loss, the result of an awkward collision with Marco Streller. After the match, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that Vidic had medial knee ligament damage, an injury that usually keeps players out for four months.
The injury occurred when Vidic and Strellar went up to win a ball in the air. When Strellar came down, he fell on Vidic's leg and Vidic immediately grabbed his knee. He was obvious in pain and he didn't even try to put pressure on it, instead being stretchered off and heading straight to the dressing room for evaluation.
United are going to have some real problems without Vidic, arguably the Premier League's best defender. Besides their going out in the Champions League, they've been less than convincing in league play as well so this is hardly a team on cruise control. Rio Ferdinand is always an injury doubt, making it likely that the Red Devils will have to play a lot of matches in the next four months without either of their first choice central defenders. Nobody is calling the situation at Old Trafford a "crisis" or close to it, but there has to be serious worry in the red half of Manchester that their club might see their title hopes extinguished before Vidic can even return.