Vidic plays down Fergie rift talk

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Nemanja Vidic insists he has a "marvellous understanding" with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson despite rumours of a breakdown in communications between the pair.

Vidic has once again been linked with a big-money move away from Old Trafford in recent days, speculation that was fuelled by his strange withdrawal from Sunday's FA Cup defeat by Leeds moments before kick-off.

"Everybody in the club knows that I have a marvellous understanding with my coach Ferguson," Vidic told Sportski zurnal.

It has now been established Vidic tweaked a nerve in his leg that was causing him enough discomfort to warrant him standing down from the side on Sunday and Wes Brown stepping in to take his place.

And, aware his name is once again being mentioned with a move away from United, Vidic is eager to play down reports of a rift with Ferguson.

"Ferguson said that he didn't talk with the club doctor but he didn't say that he doesn't believe in my injuries and that we are in a fight," Vidic said. "I am not unhappy at Old Trafford. I am just injured.

"I hope that I will be able to play as soon as possible.

"The doctors told me that I will not be able to play for the next seven or 10 days so I don't think that I will play against Birmingham City on Saturday but I should be okay after that."

Although it is claimed Vidic's wife Ana is not happy with life in England, the Serbia star has always appeared content and, if there is a problem, it is more likely to be caused by a desire for his salary to match some of the Red Devils' top earners, an argument that would appear pretty solid given his status as one of the Premier League's best defenders and current United player of the year.

Ferguson does not appear to have an issue with a player signed for what now constitutes a bargain £7million from Spartak Moscow four years ago, although his presence may prove a barrier to Wes Brown's hopes of an extended run in the United line-up.

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