Date: 8th April 2008 at 9:23am
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Edwin van der Sar believes there’s no reason to worry about the injuries to Vidic and Ferdinand.

These must be strange times for Edwin van der Sar: the defence that has been solid as a rock all season has suddenly become vulnerable and thus his workload is much increased. But he refuses to the blame the replacements.

‘Nemanja Vidic is a very important player for us but it was just a coincidence that conceding twice against Middlesbrough came while he was absent,’ he said.

Well, I’m certain it’s not just a coincidence – it is that we are much, much more vulnerable without him. He would have dealt with Alves comfortably I think.

‘It is better to play games with the same formation but I have no doubts about the players we have. Wes Brown and John O’Shea, for instance, can do it for us,’ Edwin contiued.

Well, I hope he’s right and they can indeed do a job because hell of a jobs await them. There’s an irony though: I’m sure that when Rio and Vida return, Edwin will be one of the first to sing songs about what a fantastic positive their return is.

Not that I won’t agree but if it’s only a coincidence that we concede more when they are absent…