Nemanja Vidic – Going, going, gone?

As if Manchester United don’t have enough defensive worries they also have to deal with their second best defender and his ‘will he or won’t he’ dilemma. Nemanja Vidic has had a lot of questions to answer recently and he may be getting a little frustrated by the transfer talk. He has expressed a desire to stay at Old Trafford until the end of his contract in 2012 but it seems these rumours won’t go away. It’s easy to see why.

Vidic has been outstanding for United since his arrival from Spartak Moscow but this season has been mysteriously indifferent. The player has suffered from calf and ‘nerve’ injuries that have kept him out of a considerable amount of games. Rumours that his wife wants to move to a warmer climate has added fuel to this already burning fire.

As a player, if you wish to avoid speculation about your future, it is probably not wise to train all week only to pull out of the match day squad. This has been the trend of Vidic in recent weeks, most notably in the away Champions League tie against Milan, when United where already struggling with defensive problems.

United fans will surely look at this with mixed feelings. The outstanding form of Jonny Evans and the return of Rio Ferdinand will probably have many fans hoping the club will cash in on the Serb. Rumour has it that the player is demanding an improved contract. He is currently earning around £50.000 but reports suggest he wants an improvement of almost double that amount. With Real Madrid, Milan and even Manchester City all willing to offer that amount, it would be hard, given United’s financial situation, to see him in a red shirt next season.

Sir Alex Ferguson has never been one to beg players to stay. The example of Jaap Stam might give an insight as to how this drama might pan out. If United decide to sell, they will surely be able to get a fee of at least £20million. A good showing in the World Cup would add another £5million to his value and potentially could signal the end of his Manchester United career.

There really is no smoke without fire, especially with the media providing the required fuel.