Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is delighted with the return to fitness of Nemanja Vidic.

Fergie believes his team are now poised to wrest the title back from Manchester City.

Speaking before the match to the Abu Dhabi Sports channel, he said: "I hope so. We have the players, we are getting players back from injury - defenders - and that can only help us.

"We have had a horrendous spell in the last two or three years with defenders injured.

"Nemanja Vidic is back and you could say he has been out for a year and three months. He played a few games only.

"He is our captain, a real warrior and leader - and that can only help us."