There was one notable player missing from the Manchester United defence in their FA Cup defeat on Sunday, Serbian rock Nemanja Vidic. The 28 year old defender pulled out of the starting line up at the last minute and the withdrawal is said to have angered Sir Alex Ferguson. Rumours of a potential move to Real Madrid for the Serbian refuse to go away and Vidic himself is not helping the situation by alledgedly making excessive contractual demands. But given how United have acted as the platform for Vidic’s career to take off, should Nemanja Vidic show his employers a little more respect and remain committed to the club given all that they have done for him?
When Man United signed Nemanja Vidic in 2006 for £7 million the Serbian defender was a relative unknown in the Premier League. Now after three years at the club, Vidic has helped himself to three consecutive Premiership titles and a place in the PFA Team of the Year in each of those seasons. Vidic’s form in English football has been nothing short of remarkable and the Serbian has played a massive part in United’s continued success in recent times. So it isn’t unreasonable for the defender to think that he should be amongst the top earners at the club and many fans will support that claim. However, it appears that Vidic’s head has been turned by the latest Spanish interest in him and he is using the contract dispute as an excuse as a move away from Old Trafford is becoming a more interesting prospect for him. But if Vidic left now would United fans feel let down, or would they appreciate the service that he has given the club to date?
Ferguson isn’t exactly the most diplomatic of managers and it seems that he is beginning to lose patience with his towering centre back. He was less than impressed with Vidic’s late withdrawal on Sunday and he is quoted in The Times in response to a question as to why the Serbian was absent saying that “I couldn’t tell you. I couldn’t tell you at all.” So tensions between manager and player are there for all to see and it will be interesting to find out whether Vidic will start in the Carling Cup against Manchester rivals City on Wednesday. One of Vidic’s representatives Paolo Fabbri has said that Vidic is happy to stay at Old Trafford, but the Serbian’s actions would appear to say otherwise.
Confusion still reigns about Vidic’s quotes last season regarding his dislike of Manchester as a place, but you couldn’t blame the defender and his wife Ana for seeing Madrid as a more attractive location. Who wouldn’t? But the way in which Vidic is conducting himself leaves much to be desired and the fans will soon start to turn on the Serbian if he doesn’t continue to pull his weight. Vidic has given much to United, but that pales in comparison to how the Old Trafford club have progressed his career, and Vidic seems to be ignoring that right now.
Ferguson may he helpless in changing Vidic’s mind if it is already made up and he may begrudgingly cash in on his defender and use the money to sign a fully committed player. On the other hand all this Real talk may brush over and Vidic could stay with United for years to come. Whatever happens, even though Nemanja Vidic doesn’t owe Manchester United anything, a little bit of respect towards the club wouldn’t go amiss.