Ferdinand and Vidic rested for Rangers

LONDON - Manchester United will rest first-choice central defenders Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic for their Champions League match against Rangers on Wednesday, the English club said on their website.

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Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has opted to leave the pair out of his squad with a draw at Ibrox enough to ensure qualification from the group stages with a game to spare.

United play Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday and travel to West Ham United for a League Cup quarter-final next Tuesday.