Defensive pairing Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand may be sold in the January Transfer window as Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson contemplates an overhaul of his squad.
Both Vidic and Ferdinand have been at the heart of United’s recent successes, helping the Old Trafford outfit claim four Premier League titles in the past five years along with the 2008 Champions League victory, however the Sunday Times report that Ferguson is now wiling to listen to offers for the pair after a year in which both have showed signs of being past their best.
Ferdinand in particular has struggled with injury this season, and has been left out of recent England squads as he battles his way back to form and fitness for United, with West Ham said to be monitoring the situation while a lucrative move to a Major League Soccer side is likely to appeal to the 33-year-old.
Vidic meanwhile, would have no shortage of suitors should Manchester United decide to offload him, with Inter Milan likely to be put on red alert should the 31-year-old become available having shown an interest in him last year.
Ferguson has already set in motion a changing of the guard this season after the likes of Paul Scholes, Edwin Van Der Saar and Gary Neville retired earlier this year, with the Scot promoting youngsters Tom Cleverly, Chris Smalling and Danny Welbeck to the first team while bringing in David De Gea, Phil Jones and Ashley Young over the summer to add a more youthful feel to the Manchester United squad.
Manchester United have two ready-made replacements for the pair in Smalling and Jones, meaning Ferguson is unlikely to target bringing another centre-back to Old Trafford during the transfer window.
Ferguson is said to be contemplating making the changes ahead of what is shaping up to be one of the fiercest title battles he has faced during his time in charge at Old Trafford with cross-city rivals Manchester City.
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