Defensive duo line up moves away from Old Trafford.
Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand ‘set for Man United exits’
Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand may be sold in the summer transfer window, as part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s plans to overhaul Manchester United’s squad.
The central defensive pairing have been instrumental in the club’s recent period of success, which has seen them win four Premier League titles in the past five seasons, together with the 2008 Champions League.
However, there have been some signs this term that both Vidic and Ferdinand are past their best and Ferguson now plans to offload them, reports the Sunday Times.
There will be no shortage of takers for Vidic, as Real Madrid, Juventus and super-rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala are all keen on the 30-year-old.
Ferdinand, 33, has attracted interest from his former club West Ham, but is also likely to be offered a lucrative contract to move to a Major League Soccer side in the US.
Sir Alex Ferguson definitely appears to have an eye to the future but would he really sanction the sale of BOTH his first choice centre backs? Make no mistake, when both Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are fully fit they are probably still the Scot’s most preferred central defensive pairing.
Serbian international Vidic has had some injury problems this season and has made just six Premier League starts this season, though it is worth noting that in those half dozen games Man United have conceded just two goals, such is the stability of the 30 year old.
Ferdinand has been the far more shakier of the two and the 33 year old may well be keen on a move to the States where the challenge of the MLS could well tempt the England international this summer.
In the five games the Vidic/Ferdinand pairing has been in operation this season the Premier League side have conceded just two goals and that goes someway to show that as a duo they still have a lot to offer.
That said, Sir Alex Ferguson has got the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans to use as a base for the future but the Man United is surely not likely to see easily allow his elder statesman to leave this summer.