The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that the captain Nemanja Vidic is back in full training for the 2008 European cup champions.

He has also said that Nemanja Vidic is likely to be back into the first-team when Manchester United take on Everton in the opening day of the Premier league season. Manchester United failed to capture any major title last season, which was first time in four seasons that such an event was happening. This coupled with the fact that Sir Alex Ferguson also managed to see Manchester city lift the title ahead of them means that there are likely to focus more on the domestic title.

Nemanja Vidic has proven to be one of the best defenders in the country since his arrival for just £ 7 million back in 2006. However, the defender suffered a major injury midway through the last season. The triple anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered by the 31-year-old was thought to be so severe that many doubted that he would never play again. However, he is now fit and ready and is likely to be back much earlier than expected. Ferguson, though, have said that it is highly unlikely that Chris Smalling will be in the squad for the Everton match.

“Jonny has had an operation. I am not sure he will start the season but he won’t be far away. Chris Smalling has done a bit of training. The ruptured groin muscle he had certainly needed a lot of attention. He is gradually progressing and I expect him to start the season. Vidic will start the season, I am sure of that. He is still at the level of doing good amounts of training but not in the competitive sense that the others have done so it was pointless bringing him out here,” said Ferguson.