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Friday, 07 February 2014

Manchester United: Vidic to leave Old Trafford


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Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has revealed that he will leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old Serbian international was reportedly angered that he had not been offered a contract extension by David Moyes and Italian giants Inter Milan look favourites for his signature.

VidicIn a statement released by the Old Trafford club, Vidic said: "I have decided that I will move on at the end of this season.

"I want to challenge myself again and try to make the best of myself in the coming years.

"I'm not considering staying in England as the only club I ever wanted to play for here is Manchester United and I was lucky enough to be part of this club for so many years.

"I've got a few options to move on and I will choose the right one for me and for my family."

The revelation will no doubt strike more anxiety among the fans following their worst season so far in decades. United have been dumped out of both domestic cup competitions, are languishing in seventh place - 15 points off leaders Arsenal - and looking outsiders for a place in the top four. 

David Moyes was always going to find it hard to fill the huge void left by Sir Alex Ferguson - anybody would - but nobody expected the rebuilding job to be this difficult. Vidic signed in 2005 and has won 15 trophies in his time at United. But injuries have hit the combative defender hard and has missed many games over the past two seasons. 

Vidic's decision to go may be good news for Phil Jones. The former Blackburn Rovers man was brought to the club as a centre back and he may now be given a chance to shine in his preferred role. However, it may not be so good for everyone else. When the captain decides to move on it could inspire others to do the same. Vidic's partner Rio Ferdinand is unlikely to be at Old Trafford beyond the summer, but it's the future of Wayne Rooney and RVP that will really concern the fans. 

Despite spending £37 million on Juan Mata there have been rumours that Rooney may leave - especially if they miss out on Champions League football - and that RVP is unhappy under Moyes and is seeking a return to Arsenal.

United midfielder Anderson - currently on loan at Fiorentina - was quoted in the Press this week as saying lots of players want to leave United. It looks as though the Brazilian was right and that Moyes will have to be given an awful lot of money to shape this squad in his vision. 

Every empire crumbles in the end. United fans have enjoyed unrivalled success over the past 20 years or so. Now they have become mortal again. The likes of City, Chelsea and Arsenal are miles ahead of them on the pitch and it will take Moyes time to assemble his squad. But will he be able to turn it around and get United back to where they belong?

Calling all Manchester United fans: How do you feel about Vidic leaving? Should he have been given a contract extension? How will you remember the Serbian? Who will replace him? Is David Moyes the right man for the job? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.

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