Nemanja Vidic gave Manchester United a boost when he came through an hour playing for a second-string side in a pre-season friendly.
The defender missed the tour of Australia and the Far East with a back complaint but the Serbian managed to play 62 minutes at Gresty Road in a 2-0 victory over Crewe tonight.
Vidic sat out the club’s tour with what United described as ‘a touch of sciatica’. He was out of action for almost a year in 2012 with a knee injury and was carefully managed by former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The friendly game saw appearances by Nani and Antonio Valencia, also players who missed the pre-season trip. Nani scored both goals.
The Portugal international, who has been recovering from a broken nose, scored a first-half free-kick and added a second after the break.
There were reports earlier in the day Nani…
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