Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic ruled out until Christmas with knee injury

United skipper Nemanja Vidic is likely to be sidelined until the festive period.

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed to MUTV that he does not expect his commanding centre-back to return to action until late December.

After recovering from a cruciate ligament injury sustained in last year's Champions League exit at Basel, the Serbian suffered another knee problem that required surgery.

'I think we're talking around December for Vidic,' Ferguson said. 'Maybe around Christmas time.'