Ferdinand claims Man United will regret captain’s departure

Rio Ferdinand has fears that Manchester United may regret letting Nemanja Vidic leave to Inter Milan this summer, Daily Mail reports.

The English centre-back believes the Red Devils could be repeating their mistake of letting Jaap Stam leave Old Trafford – back in 2001 – by letting go of Vidic this time around.

The United captain will leave for Inter on a free transfer when the window reopens, signalling an end to a successful eight year spell with the club.

Former Man United boss David Moyes previously stated the move was “the right decision for club and player”, but Ferdinand insists that: “Only time will tell if Manchester United regret allowing him to leave.

“Obviously Jaap Stam played on for quite a few years at a good level after he left Man United and the same thing could happen with Nemenja. He’s a great player and it’s a shame he had to leave.”

On another note, Ferdinand expects team-mate Wayne Rooney to shine at this summer’s World Cup, after failing to impress in every major international tournament since Euro 2004.

“He has always limped into a tournament, he has always had problems injury wise,” he said.

“If you get a fresh Wayne Rooney going into a tournament, like we saw in Euro 2004, when he was young and fresh with no injuries, you saw a guy who frightened teams to death.

“I think he still has the capability to do that. You see that in a Manchester United shirt often enough. If he goes into a tournament fit, it gives England a better chance of doing well because he scores goals. Simple as that.”