News surrounding Manchester United center half Nemanja Vidic's fitness has deteriorated since word of him picking up a knock leaked after Saturday's match against Arsenal. Now comes two reports from reliable sources that United's captain is out of today's UEFA Champions League match with Marseille, his calf injury set to keep him out of Alex Ferguson's team:
This is not confirmed and could be the usual smoke and mirrors stuff, but I'm hearing Vidic is out of tonight's game
Nemanja Vidic is out of Manchester Utd's game against Marseille tonight - trouble for United?
What are the effects? Potentially huge. With Rio Ferdinand already out, Vidic's absence leaves United with a center half pairing of Wes Brown and Chris Smalling. The last time that duo started, United lost 3-1 at Liverpool.
It's as if a bicycle with one flat tire just saw the tube pop on the other. Now Alex Ferguson is like David in American Flyers, left to carry his crippled machine across the finish line just to quality for the race's next stage. The good news, if you believe in the universal truth of movie analogies: David went on to win the The Hell of the West, though he almost lost his brother along the way.
Wait. Where was I? Oh, yes. United and Marseille.
With a suspect defense, the onus will be on the midfield to protect the back line, making Darren Fletcher's potential absence a huge miss. Michael Carrick will have to have a great day not only winning the ball from the likes of Lucho Gonzalez, Mathieu Valbuena and Andre-Pierre Gignac, but his accurate passing will be needed to promote a possession game United may use to protect their defense.