Nemanja Vidic has been an icon on Manchester United’s defensive line since his arrival from Spartak Moscow almost 10 years ago, but the Serbian’s tenure at Old Trafford will reportedly come to an end once this season is over.
According to reports, the Serbia international has decided to join another team once the current campaign is over, not extending his current deal with The Red Devils in a move that was widely expected based on what has happened over the last two or three years. Vidic has struggled to fit consistently, and he has lost his place in the starting XI with the arrival of David Moyes.
An argument could be made to say that the loss of Vidic is a huge blow for the team since he was one of the most experienced players on the squad, has been the captain in recent years and he was a key member in the locker room. But Manchester United has enough talent to replace him on the defense, and there are several players that could also replace his leadership skills.
The emergence of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans has been key to replace Vidic, and even though they aren’t on the Serbian’s level yet, they have the potential to get there in a few years. The Red Devils could also target a defender once the season is over since they will have enough transfer funds to make a play for someone like Neven Subotic or Dante, two players who have been linked with the team in recent months.
As for the leadership trait, Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are some of the players who can step up and be leaders. It also remains to be seen what will happen with the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra, two experienced defenders who will also finish their deals at the end of the campaign.
There’s no doubt losing Vidic will be a huge blow for the team as he has enough gas left in the tank to contribute at the highest level. But at the same time, Manchester United needs to rebuild their team and have enough weapons to replace the Serbian star.