United’s Vidic misses Milan trip

Nemanja Vidic was again missing as Manchester United resumed their quest to reach a third consecutive Champions League final.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men flew out Italy this morning for Tuesday’s encounter with an AC Milan side featuring former player David Beckham.

Vidic, who has yet to play in 2010 after developing a nerve problem in his leg, was ruled out, leaving Ferguson to decide whether Jonny Evans or Wes Brown should partner new England skipper Rio Ferdinand in central defence.

Ryan Giggs is also missing after breaking an arm in last week’s draw at Aston Villa, but the remainder of United’s first-team squad, with the exception of out-of-favour midfielder Anderson, made the two-hour trip for a meeting with the seven-time winners who have beaten United on all four occasions they have met in a two-legged European tie.

Meanwhile, Beckham is not guaranteed a place in the AC Milan side, although his chances look promising after coach Leonardo praised his versatility on Friday.

After starting Milan’s first five league games of 2010, Beckham has been a substitute in their last two, although he did play the final 15 minutes of the 3-2 win over Udinese.

On Friday night Amantino Mancini took the role Beckham has occupied since arriving at the Rossoneri in December, but he is ineligible to face the Red Devils having already appeared in the competition for his former club Inter Milan. His position will therefore be up for grabs.

Mancini was later replaced by Alexandre Pato while Beckham had to wait until late on before taking the place of Ronaldinho, whose place in the team on Tuesday does not appear to be in any doubt after another inspirational performance against Udinese.

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