The Serbian defender sat out the Red Devils’ 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Sunday at Anfield after complaining of pain in his knee, and the club have since confirmed that their captain will face a spell on the sidelines.
“Nemanja Vidic has had a meniscus operation on his right knee and will be out for around eight weeks,” a statement on the official website states.
“Sir Alex Ferguson, as a precautionary measure, rested Vidic at the weekend, after he complained of tightness in his knee, however, further medical investigation revealed the underlying problem.
“The central defender was operated on this week and will be sidelined for about eight weeks,” it concluded.
The news will come as a blow to United, who already have injury concerns over Rio Ferdinand, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.
By Gareth McKnight