A bizarre midnight announcement confirmed what many have thought, Nemanja Vidic will not be renewing his contract at Manchester United.
All of us are aware of the success and excellent career the Serbian has had in the North of England, but the state of Manchester United at this point sees the captain jumping from a sinking ship. With a move to Italy on the cards for Vidic, his decline in ability to play at the top level clearly isn’t enough to put off the clubs around Europe, so why couldn’t he continue in England?
He claims a desire for a new challenge, but really, it is considerably less likely Vidic would have chosen to leave had Alex Ferguson still been manager at Old Trafford.
Despite less mobility and weakened all-round game, United’s defence still looks all the more secure with Vidic at the centre, although he was recently sent off against Chelsea after being in the middle of a brutally poorly organised defence.
Rio Ferdinand is likely to leave, too, seeing the final dismantling of perhaps the best central-defensive partnership we have seen in the last decade. This leaves David Moyes with yet more of a mess for him to sort out around the United squad, without a captain (Wayne Rooney likely to take over) and senior players leaving the club to leave them short in an already leaky defence.
Where can they go to replace Vidic? It might be a move for Southampton’s Dejan Lovren, now that long running target Ezequiel Garay is likely to move to Russia.
However, the chance for players to move to Old Trafford will only decrease if they fail to get Champions League football this season, they are then on a Liverpool-esque slippery slope. Vidic’s time to announce his decision to leave undermines the pressured Moyes, serving up further problems that Moyes has yet to seem to like answering.
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