After announcing this week that he was to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season, Nemanja Vidic will be keen to end a dismal campaign as soon as possible.
From the way the story was reported during the week, it was thought that Vidic had solely decided to leave United, however there's no evidence to suggest this. What should be considered is, was he even offered a new contract?
With a detrimental past few years due to persistent injuries, Vidic hasn't reached the level of performance he is capable of.
Although he is still fantastic in his aerial duels, his performance against Fulham showed why Manchester United looked reluctant to offer the Serbian stalwart fresh terms.
For Fulham's first goal, the lack of communication with his defensive partner, Chris Smalling, and his midfielders such as Darren Fletcher, should've been much better in order to track Steve Sidwell's run which lead to the opener.
This was a match United didn't need to defend in very often, but when Fulham attacked their frailties were always in and around Vidic.
This was most Notable in the first half, when Kieran Richardson beat Vidic for pace with ease in straight race beyond the halfway line.
Of course, Vidic has never been blessed with blistering pace, however he would've tackled Richardson in an instant, no matter the consequences in his prime.
After United went 2-1 up, it looked easy for United to see the game out, but due to Vidic's lazy header, Fulham got behind United and scored an equaliser.
The poor, weak header cost United three precious points, which could've seen them gain points on Everton, Arsenal and Manchester City.
Vidic may seek comfort that his decision to leave the frenetic Premier League may prolong his reputation in the game, with a move to Italy, where the game is played at a much slower pace, looking likely.
The United captain has been a great servant for the Red Devils, however his time is definitely up.
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