Manchester United enjoyed a winning start to their Premier League campaign on Sunday, although the 2-1 victory at The Hawthorns came at a price, with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic both getting injured.
After the win against West Brom, Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that he will be missing Ferdinand for six weeks, while it has also emerged that Rafael da Silva will be absent for ten weeks after dislocating his shoulder.
It is not clear whether Vidic will also be a long-term absentee, with the United captain having also hobbled off in the second half, although United’s next game is not for another eight days when they entertain Tottenham.
Sir Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports 1: “We’ve had a rough time with injuries.
“Young Rafa has done his shoulder in training in Friday and will be out for 10 weeks, he’s probably going to have an operation.
“Rio will be out for six weeks. Vida will have checks on Monday, we don’t know if it’s just a nerve or something, but he could be out for a couple of weeks.”
It means that Ferguson will feel vindicated that Phil Jones was signed during the summer, with he and Smalling potentially forming the new-look central defensive partnership in United’s next Premier League game.