There's no room for sentiment at Manchester United.
Nemanja Vidic put pen to paper today on a deal that will see him join Italian giants Inter Milan from next season onwards. However, as the Red Devils' crisis campaign continues, David Moyes must now take Vidic out of his team.
Don't get me wrong, Vidic has been a loyal servant for several years for Manchester United, but the Red Devils need to take off in a new direction - and they need to do it immediately.
In all honesty, Manchester United's season can't get much worse - with or without Vidic in the side.
Moyes knows that Vidic isn't part of his long term plans, so he must now identify the players who are. Doubts remain over the long term future of Rio Ferdinand and questions have been asked as to whether the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are good enough to lead the Red Devils' back-line.
That quartet of stars must now prove to the Manchester United manager that they deserve to be at the the club.
Moyes has to understand the options that he has at his disposal and if he continues to play Vidic then he will be wasting valuable time. Look, if Vidic was putting in world-class performance after world-class performance and Manchester United were challenging for the league title, then the Serbian star would have to stay in the team, but ultimately the Red Devils are an inconsistent team struggling to perform.
If Moyes doesn't trust the likes of Smalling, Jones and Co. now, then why would he trust them next season? For the remainder of the season, Vidic has to become Manchester United's fifth choice centre-half, if he likes it or not.
Moyes needs to work out if he's in need of spending millions on his back-line this summer or if the players at his disposal are good enough to wear the famous red shirt.
Of course Vidic deserves to go out on a high at Manchester United, but Moyes has more important concerns ahead, and the Serbian will not be involved in them.
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