ALEX FERGUSON has settled the great Manchester United goal debate in favour of skipper Nemanja Vidic.
Confusion reigned in the home dressing room after United's 2-1 win over Liverpool, with most United players believing Patrice Evra had notched his fifth goal of the season with a powerful header from Robin van Persie's free-kick.
But TV replays showed Evra's header struck Vidic, slightly changing course and flying past Pepe Reina.
Evra is bound to want it. However, sensing an improved statistic, Ferguson believes Vidic should be credited with his first of the campaign. "It is going to the dubious goals panel," said Ferguson.
"It was a great header but I think it is good for us that Nemanja Vidic has become our 18th player to get a goal this year. I will give it to Vidic."
However, of more concern to the Red Devils dressing room will have been securing three more precious points in their bid to secure a record 20th league championship.
Ferguson's delight was tempered by injury concerns about Vidic and Ashley Young, who left the ground on crutches. For Wednesday's FA Cup third-round replay visit of West Ham, the United manager could also be without Jonny Evans, who suffered a hamstring problem on Saturday.
Although United were unable to confirm the nature of the injuries, each is thought to be a knee problem. Vidic is only four games into a return from a second serious knee injury and he admitted recently that United's medical department is carefully choosing which games he plays during the first months of his comeback.
The captain appeared to have a problem after an aerial challenge on 65 minutes in which he also clashed heads. Young was substituted at half-time following his heavy tackle on Daniel Agger just past the half-hour that caused his injury.
Fortunately, Nani is closing in on full fitness after his hamstring injury, while Danny Welbeck claimed man-of-the-match honours after being handed a surprise start.