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Vidic relishing competition for places at United

17 May 2012 02:00

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is eager to get back into the fold and compete with the emerging new talent at Old Trafford.

The former Serbia captain, who has been out of action since December with a cruciate knee injury, looks set to return to action ahead of next season.

Phil Jones, a 17-million-pound arrival from Blackburn last summer, and Chris Smalling, an eight-million-pound acquisition from Fulham 18 months ago, have stepped into the void left by Vidic this season, but the defender has not been put off by his positional rivals.

"Jonny (Evans) has had a great year. I think Chris as well, before he got injured, is looking for that position as central defender," Vidic told MUTV.

"Rio (Ferdinand) is fit after a long time and was fit for so many games so we now have really big competition next year.

"I don't mind that. I don't think any player minds that. It makes you train harder, play better and obviously we have so many games during the season that we need good players."

United finished as runners-up behind local rivals Manchester City, and despite amassing an impressive total of 89 points along the way, Vidic deemed the season unsuccessful.

"We cannot say we did well because we didn't win a trophy, obviously," he said.

"But we have to remember a few players left, a few young players had to get used to playing every week for a club like Manchester United and we always have high expectations."

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