Inter Milan may have made a serious error of judgement in swooping for ex-Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic.
The Serb - who announced a deal to sign on at the San Siro back in March amidst the turbulence of the David Moyes era - has struggled early on in Serie A and looks a far cry from the defender that once graced English soil.
With Louis van Gaal’s United sorely lacking a leader of his calibre and an experienced stalwart at the heart of the defence, early signs indicate his time in Milan is doomed to difficulty.
At the peak of his powers, Vidic was highly-regarded as one of the best central defenders on the planet.
He played a pivotal role in ending United’s four-year title drought back in 2007, and together with Rio Ferdinand, helped guide them to another two successes in two years.
There was also glory and disappointment on the European front. Vidic lifted the Champions League title after edging Chelsea on penalties in 2008 before tasting defeat a year later and in 2011 to Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona side.
Vidic also captained United to further titles in 2011 and 2013 with United’s attacking ruby a tad less shiny following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Real Madrid, but Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement changed life at Old Trafford.
Moyes’ arrival from Everton was expected to ensure continuity, but the Scot was relieved less than a year into his contract following a turbulent spell in the hotseat.
United’s crown was stolen back from Manchester City and Liverpool soared past to seize Champions League football under the free-flowing stewardship of Brendan Rodgers with Luis Suarez at the fore.
The Merseyside titans also thumped United 3-0 at Old Trafford, with City and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea also enjoying comfortable victories over the course of the season.
And despite Juan Mata being drafted in from the Blues as a way to save the season, Vidic confirmed the end of his Manchester love affair for Italy’s top tier for a new challenge in his career.
Inter themselves have made a promising start to the season but endured a horrendous 4-1 battering at home to Cagliari at the weekend, signalling an end to their unbeaten run.
Vidic was erratic, conceding a spot-kick that was luckily saved by Samir Handanovic but he also struggled to contain Albin Ekdal who was the undisputed star of the show.
They have shipped five goals so far and Vidic has failed to do anything to encourage those who have questioned United’s decision to let him go so easily.