Manchester United failed in an audacious bid to bring Nemanja Vidic back to Old Trafford in the January transfer window, the player's agent has confirmed.
Vidic spent eights years with the Red Devils and was the club captain for the latter four of those successful seasons. While he kept his captaincy under David Moyes, the Serbian was reportedly unhappy with Sir Alex Ferguson's successor and opted against extending his contract.
He agreed a pre-contract with Inter Milan and announced the deal before the season had come to a close. Moyes would later be sacked and a series of events unfolded which made a swift return to Old Trafford seem like a distinct possibility.
The 33-year-old made a number of high profile mistakes in his early Inter Milan career and new Manchester United boss, Louis van Gaal, was in dyer need of reinforcement in defence. Inter were reportedly willing to get rid of Vidic just six months after he had signed and Manchester United saw him as a perfect short-term solution.
"Last year he made a specific choice to come to Milan, seeing as Manchester United wanted to keep him and kept calling up to December."
Now his agent, Silvano Martina, has confirmed that there was contact made between him and Old Trafford officials just before the January window reopened.
Old Trafford contact
He told Gazzetta TV: "Will he stay at Inter? I think he should do, yes, because he has another two years on his contract.
"In fact, I want to reveal something. Last year he made a specific choice to come to Milan, seeing as Manchester United wanted to keep him and kept calling up to December."
Vidic would surely have been open to returning to his former club but everything changed after Walter Mazzarri was sacked and Roberto Mancini brought in, everything changed. The former Manchester City manager reintegrated Vidic into the first team and rejuvenated a stuttering career.
There were reports that he later had a falling out with Mancini, but the agent has laid those claims to rest.
He said: "I said something very simple and never dared interfere with the coach's decisions.
"When I see a player, who is also a friend, accused of something he did not do, then I feel the need to have my say.
"Vidic is a great professional and never had problems with anyone, not even Mancini and Inter."
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