After attracting the attention of footballing masterminds across the globe, displaying colossal performances in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifications, after his Serbian national team conceded only 1 goal throughout a 2 year qualification period, and progressively appearing more and more for Russian side Spartak Moscow, the foundations of a fresh faced Nemanja Vidic career had been cemented in place.
After a £7m bid from Manchester United, him and his agent took a U-Turn out of discussions with Liverpool, and constantly deal-delaying Fiorentina, not before long did Manchester United have their man, ending a 2 and a half year chase for his signature.
Vidic quickly imposed his formidable quality onto the team and adapted to life in England well. Creating a strong partnership with Rio Ferdinand throughout his time at Manchester United, which saw him win 5 Premier League titles, 3 League Cups and 1 UEFA Champions League.
Skip forward 10 years, and after 200 odd appearances for The Red Devils, and after an indifferent start to the Premier League campaign after a reshuffle in management Nemanja Vidic announces his impending departure from Manchester United on a Bosman, shortly after, announcing a pre-contractual agreement with Inter Milan had be signed and agreed by the Serbian and his representatives.
Nemanja Vidic is the start of somewhat of a revolution at Inter Milan after long serving president and heavy investor; Massimo Moratti, sold a controlling stake in Inter Milan to Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir for a cool £500m.
Nothing surprises me about the interest in Vidic from the Inter Milan hierarchy, his composure, influence, experience and although declining in age, his agility as a centre back is something to be in awe over.
For Inter Milan to improve their defensive options so much at such little cost, the odds look in favour for the Italian giants, hoping that big, yet strategic investment from Thohir will pay dividends.
Although, in football, where there is a winner, there is always a loser.
Not many can question Vidic’s influence in the Manchester United team throughout the years, becoming a permanent print on the team sheet in his prime, and a leader for the club as seasons went on, forging the youth in a similar mould as himself.
He is the embodiment of the philosophy Manchester United have built under Sir Alex Ferguson.
With his departure agreed, this could be an important piece of the Manchester United jigsaw that, like Sir Alex Ferguson, cannot really be replaced. Always a square peg in a round hole, never quite as good, never anyone with the same attitude, consistency and formidable, concrete like stature in defence.
Money can’t buy you everything in football, and replacing a player like Nemenja Vidic for Manchester United is an astute example of that.
Also, with the decline of Rio Ferdinand and his seemingly bigger interest in his business ventures rather than his football, it seems that the centre of defence is a problem for David Moyes, on top of the underperforming team dynamic and low confidence generally at the club already.
It seems like a bit more than a summer splash of capital at Old Trafford is the cure for Manchester United troubles.
And losing such a talisman like Nemanja Vidic without some sort of financial compensation isn’t going to help proceedings.
Written by James Clark
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