Date: 15th August 2011 at 5:11pm
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Having acquired some outstanding talent in the summer, after seeing some of the old school retire, Sir Alex Ferguson would have been hoping that United would have got off to a trouble free start this season.

Sadly, despite getting all three points at the Hawthorns, that wasn`t the case.

Sir Alex could only watch on as he lost both his first choice centre backs with injuries.

Nemanja Vidic was the first to limp off with a calf injury followed by Rio Ferdinand with a hamstring injury not too long after.

Speaking about the pair, Sir Alex had this to say,

“Rio will be out for six weeks and with Vidic we don`t know yet.”

“If it`s a nerve he could be out for a couple of weeks. But having young Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling is a Godsend. Patrice Evra is back so we`ve got options.”

Unfortunately, there`s also the small matter of losing Rafael Da Silva, with a shoulder injury sustained in training, on Friday, to contend with.

Like we said, not the start Sir Alex would have probably hoped for.

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