Last week, Sir Alex Ferguson announced that the era of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic at the heart of the Manchester United defence is over. Unfortunately for the Serbian international, he’s now 31 years of age and firmly into his twilight years. Although he may be around for a little while longer, his permanent injury problems have lost him a vital yard of pace, meaning a rather slow defender has now become an incredibly slow defender.

But alas, the footballing world is constantly moving on, something which Alex Ferguson is well aware of.

So, who is the Scot’s next centre-back signing? What’s the plan in terms of transfers?

Well, here’s five suggestions for defenders from all across Europe who would make excellent replacements for the ageing Nemanja Vidic.

Click on the man himself to see the five men who could fill his boots at Old Trafford

Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United centre back