Once the heart of the Manchester United defence, Nemanja Vidic's place in the squad is now under fire, as reports have claimed that Sir Alex Ferguson would be willing to entertain bids starting from £10 million.
Serie A club AC Millan have said to be interested in the Serbian centre-back and would be willing to table a decent bid to pry him away from United. Given the asking price, this is truly shrewd business should the transfer bears fruition.
£10m for a 31-year-old world class defender represents fantastic value for money and any club able to get their hands on Vidic would have probably gotten away with a steal.
Albeit given Vidic has only appeared 18 times for his club this seasons due to various fitness and injury problems, he still possesses the quality that would make him sought after all around the world.
There are glaring examples of age defying individuals at Manchester and anyone who thinks Vidic will not be able to overcome and conquer his current difficulties could very well be wrong.
One fine example would be Rio Ferdinand, who is still putting in top class performances when called upon by the manager. His injury plagued days have apparently been forgotten given his fine form in the team this season.
Losing Vidic could prove costly should the man prove sturdier than he is made out to be, and honestly there is no one who is more sturdier and steadfast in United than Vidic. If anyone can bounce back from injuries and fitness issues, I would put my money on him.
Given time he will be able to slot right back into the first team on a regular basis. All he needs at the moment is more games while taking care of himself.
Sir Alex should be careful not to overplay him as to aggravate his current problems much like how he uses Rio Ferdinand. Perhaps given a season long break from football he will be able to recuperate better and start the new season afresh and return to form.
Either way, selling Vidic would be a mistake for the Red Devils as he brings a certain stability at the back along with experience. His presence alone reassures the team of a reliable back-line.Few players in United have similar aerial ability compared to him.
In a nutshell, he is definitely not past his peak, and is still a major asset to United. Should he be sold, the valuation should at least match the player's quality. £10m pounds is probably half of what he is worth at the moment and if United is looking to further their success domestically and in Europe, losing one of their best defenders isn’t going to aid their cause.
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