United trio close on return

Vidic & Cleverley may not be risked against Liverpool

Vidic: United captain is set to return to fitness after the international break

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Sir Alex Ferguson expects Manchester United trio Nemanja Vidic, Tom Cleverley and Chris Smalling to return to fitness after the upcoming international break.

United captain Vidic has not featured for the Premier League champions since the opening weekend of the season when he picked up a calf problem in the 2-1 win at West Brom.

Midfielder Cleverley has been out since damaging ankle ligaments in the 5-0 thrashing of Bolton earlier this month, while defender Smalling is currently out with a groin complaint.

Ferguson feels the players are closing on full fitness, but sounded a note of caution about the prospects of Vidic and Cleverley being ready to face arch-rivals Liverpool on 15th October.

"Vida and Tom will need to do a lot of good training to be considered for that sort of match," said Ferguson.

Meanwhile, Park Ji-sung has insisted he will feel the benefit this season of his retirement, at the age of 30, from the South Korea national team.

He told the club's official website: "I don't need to travel too far away now during the season. When there is an international break, I can stay and train in Manchester, this makes me fresher for the next game.

"It's a long season and the international matches meant I had to travel long distances. Now I can save my health physically. I think it's quite a big thing for me at my age."