With every passing game, and not just in the well considered opinion of one Joey Barton, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the dynasty David Moyes inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson was in decline.
Though I’m not one of the thousands of people professing to know how exactly to address the multitude of issues standing between the Manchester United boss and that thus far evasive state of relative harmony, it doesn’t take an extraordinary amount of insight to deduce that the squad personnel does need to change.
A host of players need to be shown the door, and perhaps an even greater cast of new faces need to be ushered in. That much, though having been recycled through weeks and weeks of transfer jargon, is undeniably true.
But what of the players who fit neither category? Who is there to decide a suitable future for those who are either too good or too valuable to be shipped, yet not possessive of the sort of panache that would allude to them being key to Moyes’ long term plans?
In my mind thats the box that Nemanja Vidic currently ticks. At this moment in time his contract is set to run out at the end of the current campaign and, though his influence within the Old Trafford setup is an asset than cannot be understated, his advancing years and recent showing suggest that his best form may be behind him.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not at all insisting that he isn’t good enough to still cut it at United, and if the culmination of the months leading to the summer sees him handed a new deal I’m not going to voice any protestations. But I am, I’m sure, one of a select few who believe that perhaps the best thing Moyes could do is allow him to depart at the end of this campaign.
For me the only card the former Everton boss has left to play is one that would see his team completely revamped from top to bottom.
Though, as previously mentioned, Vidic is far from a weak link in the team, it might be better for the long term future of Moyes’ backline if the likes of Phil Jones and, dare I say it, Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala- should he be bought in- are given the chance to establish themselves as the beating heart of the new look United team.
The dregs of the current side are all likely to soon be washed away and the team that Ferguson walked to last season’s title needs to be all but completely dismantled. Let’s get one thing straight; if Moyes is to treat his sick squad through a mass exodus, he might as well do it properly.
With Barcelona and Juventus already having registered interest in taking Vidic on a free, there would be no better way for Moyes to make a statement of change than to hand captaincy to someone else and attempt to build his own squad rather than placing faith in the old guard.
Once again I must assert that Vidic’s departure isn’t a necessary one, nor it is one that logically improves the squad in the short-term. However in all honesty I think that an exit wouldn’t altogether be a bad thing.
There can be no debate that Moyes will decide in the near future who he still wants to rank amongst his charges past the summer, but only by letting go of past greats can he truly hope to conquer in the future.