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Vidic hopes for stronger defence

Nemanja Vidic hopes Manchester United's defensive injury crisis will have eased by the time Fulham visit Old Trafford on Saturday.

Vidic, 30, was United's only fit specialist centre-back as they began their campaign with a 1-0 defeat at Everton on Monday.

He was paired with out of position midfielder Michael Carrick, while, with Antonio Valencia starting at right-back, there were only two recognised defenders in the Red Devils' back four.

Rio Ferdinand, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans were all missing, but Evans could be available for selection by the weekend.

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