Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, hopes to complete the signing of Nemanja Vidic, the Serbia and Montenegro defender, for £7.2 million from Spartak Moscow this week, subject to a work permit being granted.
Vidic could be available for the FA Cup tie against Burton Albion on Sunday. "Good defenders win you things.
"In my time we have had Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister, Paul Parker, Denis Irwin, Ronnie Johnsen and Jaap Stam. This lad is really natural and athletic."