Manchester United have agreed a deal to re-sign former club captain Nemanja Vidic, as Louis van Gaal wants the Serbian to bolster his defence.
That’s according to sensational reports in the Daily Star, which play heavily on the rumours that have been circling today suggesting that United were indeed interested in securing Vidic’s services. The 33-year-old departed Old Trafford only this summer, after coming to the conclusion that he needed a fresh start elsewhere.
Despite remaining skipper during the doomed tenure of David Moyes Vidic struggled to perform last season, and he was joined by Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand in leaving Old Trafford. However, the usually-dominant centre-half has failed to impress in Italy, and according to reports he’s struggling to adapt to Serie A football.
Vidic at Inter
The recent changing of manager, which saw Walter Mazzarri replaced by Roberto Mancini, hasn’t helped things, but on the whole Vidic’s future amongst his new surroundings looked precarious anyway.
It now seems as though Van Gaal is determined to take advantage of that, and the veteran will return to United after the Red Devils boss approached Inter officials and agreed a deal.
Currently the defence is a key issue with the former Premier League champions, and this season’s injury crisis has done very little to help the situation. Today’s announcement that Chris Smalling is facing a spell on the sidelines compiles the misery given the fact that Jonny Evans has only just returned and Phil Jones remains out.
Bolstering the back line
Interestingly it’s claimed that Vidic won’t slot straight into the starting lineup at Old Trafford, with Van Gaal keen to impress from the off that he is a backup option rather than a first-choice starter.
Given the fact that United have been forced to rely on academy graduates Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett this season when others have been injured that makes sense, though United fans will be pleased to see him back regardless.
At the moment Van Gaal’s side sit third in the Premier League, having bested Southampton on Monday night to move ahead of both them and West Ham. Vidic’s Inter meanwhile are toiling in 12th in Serie A, with Mancini tasked with overseeing something of an overhaul.