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Nemanja Vidic Back In Training For Manchester United (PICTURES)

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Nemanja Vidic has been pictured doing ball work in training with Manchester United for the first time in over seven months.

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The club captain ruptured his cruciate ligaments in the Champions League defeat to Basel in December, and his absence was sorely felt by a porous United defence.

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Vidic, 30, played just 10 times for United last season, yet they kept clean sheets in six of those games, with his performances in the 1-0 away wins at Everton, Swansea City and Aston Villa outstanding.

His return is a welcome boost to Sir Alex Ferguson, however there has been no clarification over Vidic's participation in the club's pre-season programme.

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The retired Serbian international signed for United from Spartak Moscow in January 2006 for £7m and has emerged as one of the club's greatest defenders in living memory.

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Vidic was made captain on a permanent basis in 2010 and has made 255 appearances for the Old Trafford club, scoring 17 goals in the process.

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