Manchester United have had one centre-back who has saved them from moments of crisis time and again: Nemanja Vidic.
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has been a rock in United’s defence, often described as the ‘man who feels no pain’. Often putting his body on the line, Vidic always gets the job done no matter what the cost.
But as he has grown older his daredevil style of play has got to him. Being niggled with constant injuries, he has only make 33 appearances in the past two seasons combined, while earlier he could do that in a single season.
Now with his knee problems forcing him to miss United’s pre-season tour, it’s time Manchester United start looking for a long term replacement for the Serbian.
We take a look at his possible replacements-
After earlier being made the scapegoat every time United’s defence faltered, Evans had his best season till date in 2012. With nearly all his fellow United centre backs being niggled with injuries, Evans was a consistent figure in the United defence. Though not as well-versed at physical play as Vidic, Evans is a very intelligent defender and often intercepts passes which would have led to certain goals. He is still young, and could learn a lot under Rio Ferdinand, Vidic and newly-appointed coach Phil Neville.
Ezequiel Garay | Benfica
Garay has been on Manchester United’s radar for a long time now and could be an ideal person to step into Vidic’s shoes. At 26 years of age and a stature of 6ft 4is, Garay is well suited for the physical nature of the Premier League. Having put in a number of impressive performances for Benfica, a move to Manchester United would really bolster his career.
One of Manchester United’s best assets, Jones is a very versatile player who can be played anywhere in the midfield or the defence. But he has shown his best form while playing as a centre-back.
A resilient man-marker, Jones isn’t afraid to take on the big guns, and is often played in a suitable position so as to stop the opposition’s biggest threat. He is also surprisingly well built for a person his age, and could lead Manchester United’s defence for more than a decade.
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