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Manchester United must not sign Nemanja Vidic

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Reports suggest that Manchester United are on the verge of re-signing Nemanja Vidic following his disappointing spell with Inter Milan - but would it be a good move for the Red Devils?

The 33-year-old Serbian defender is - and always will be - a Manchester United legend thanks to his eight successful years with the Red Devils, but news that he could make a shock return to Old Trafford has not been welcomed by all fans.

We’ve taken a closer look at the pros and cons of the potential transfer and made a judgement of whether it should or shouldn’t happen. Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment in the box below.

Pros

Vastly experienced

Nemanja Vidic has experience in abundance, which must make him an attractive option for Louis van Gaal. The centre-back has played over 470 club matches as a professional, plus a further 56 games with the Serbian national team before announcing his retirement in 2011.

Knows the club

Few non-Manchester United players know Manchester United better than Nemanja Vidic, who made 300 appearances for the Red Devils between 2006 and 2014. It can take new players a little time to settle into their new surroundings, but this wouldn’t be a problem with Vidic.

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Leadership

Nemanja Vidic was a fantastic captain for Manchester United, and was never afraid to put his head in where it hurts. He leads by example on the pitch and knows how to organise a defence.

Cons

Age

At 33, Nemanja Vidic is certainly no spring chicken. He will still command pretty hefty wages, despite his advancing years, and this must be a concern for Manchester United. Could they persuade him to take a significant pay cut?

Abandoned ship

When Manchester United were at their lowest ebb last season, the last thing they needed was their talismanic captain announcing he’d had enough and had made up his mind to leave the club. But that’s precisely what happened in February. It might have tarnished his legacy a little.

Inter Milan nightmare

There’s no two ways about it: Nemanja Vidic has been poor since joining Inter Milan. According to Inter Milan he is currently Inter’s 15th highest performer, with an average rating of 6.71.

Decline

Because of his age and form, it’s safe to assume this is a player in decline. Nemanja Vidic is not the warrior-like defender he once was.

United have moved on

One of the positive things about Manchester United’s injury crisis has been the chance to take a closer look at some of the club’s talented young defenders like Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett. The Red Devils have moved on from Nemanja Vidic and are now looking to the future.

Conclusion

Manchester United should leave Nemanja Vidic alone, however tempting it might be for Van Gaal.

Signing him to a permanent contract would be an awful decision.

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Manchester United
Inter Milan
Premier League
Serie A
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Nemanja Vidic

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