Tom Cleverley: Nemanja Vidic has weaknesses

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Former Manchester United mainstay Vidic will reunite with his former club as Inter Milan do battle with the Premier League side in a friendly, today.

Manchester United continue their pre-season tour of the USA late today (00:30 on Wednesday morning BST) when they take on Inter Milan at the FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins, in Prince George's County, Maryland, in a match that will have added significance for the Premier League club as they will line up against their former team-mate Nemanja Vidic for the first time since the Serbian's transfer away from Old Trafford.

Midfielder Tom Cleverley lauded the centre back's service: "He was a great leader for this club and a very good defender with lots of experience, so we have huge respect for him."

Cleverley, who returned a 90% passing accuracy in Premier League competition last season, continued by remarking that when United take on the Serie A side later this evening, they will do so looking to exploit the veteran athlete's "weaknesses".

He said: "Hopefully we can exploit the weaker parts of his game and get a win on Tuesday."

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While Vidic's exit was largely mourned and his absence is believed to have severely impacted the club's rigidity at the back, his deterioration in skill and known weaknesses may have made his free transfer to the San Siro easier for the club to deal with - particularly as players like Mats Hummels have been linked as his replacement.

Cleverley, meanwhile, is hoping his experience of captaining the team for the first time during the friendly against AS Roma in the International Champions Cup can serve him well as he fights for a place in manager Louis van Gaal's first team.

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