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Man Utd begin tour without Vidic

Nemanja Vidic
Vidic is facing a race to fit for the start of the season

Nemanja Vidic was missing from the Manchester United squad that headed out to Malaysia on Thursday for the first leg of a four-match Far East tour.

The 27-year-old was forced to pull out of Serbia's World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands last month because of an ankle injury.

United are also without South Korean Park Ji-sung and new signings Antonio Valencia and Gabriel Obertan.

But striker Michael Owen and defenders Wes Brown and Gary Neville travelled.

Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinad, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs were also among a 22-man squad left Manchester for Kuala Lumpur.

Vidic and Valencia are expected to link up with the United squad in Germany at the end of the Far East tour, with Obertan also in the running to join them.

United face a Malaysia XI on Saturday, followed by Indonesia All Star two days later, FC Seoul on 24 July and a meeting with Hangzhou Greentown on 26 July.

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