After his stern no nonsense performances over the past 2 year it was inevitable that Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic would begin attracting the attention of other clubs. The Serb dominates in the air, is strong in the tackle and is more than willing to put his body on the line all in the name of stopping the opposition from scoring and it’s because of this, that Manchester United fans have taken him to their hearts.
Although a good defender in his own right before he joined, Vidic has soared at United. His partnership with Rio Ferdinand during the 2007-2008 season was something to behold as they kept Europe’s best at bay doing the league and Champions League double and he was an integral part of United’s defence that went a record 14 games without conceding in the 2008-2009 season as United retained their league title but rumours began to surface that his wife was not happy in Manchester and quotes were falsely attributed to him as he ‘professed’ his dislike for the Manchester lifestyle as well as the weather in the city. His agent quickly moved to rubbish the claims and Vidic himself said,
“I’m happy and I’m here. [Let’s] see what the club is going to say, what is going to be. I want to play well here and for the fans and everyone to be happy with me. To see that I give the right effort, give my best, give 100 per cent. That is important to me.”
But talks of a move to either of the Spanish giants Barcelona or Real Madrid lingered so reports in the media today again linking the Serbian with a move away from Old Trafford should not come as a surprise to United fans.
Although the rumours, which have no proper quotes to back them, are probably false it would not bode well for United if they lose 2 of the best players in 2 years. This season their defence has not looked anywhere near as solid as it was due to injury, so United would be hoping that when both Ferdinand and Vidic return to full fitness they will again be able to strike up the chemistry that saw them become the best defensive partnership in the world. Yet if Vidic does leave for Spain United would be left having start from scratch.
United have a wealth of young defenders coming through with Jonny Evans already a first team regular and are also meant to be looking at young Palermo defender Simon Kjaer as well as Everton’s Jack Rodwell who despite playing as defensive midfielder, has the potential to go on and become a top quality ball playing centre back in the Rio Ferdinand mould.
But regardless of these possible replacements Ferguson will be reluctant to split his prize pairing of Ferdinand and Vidic up so any potential suitors for the Serb will expect to pay large money to secure his services if his departure from Old Trafford does become a possibility.