Vidic to bid farewell to the Manchester United faithful tonight
Long serving Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic will play his final game in front of their own fans tonight - after eight years with the club.
May 6th, 2014
Long serving Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic will play his final game in front of their own fans tonight – after eight years with the club.
Vidic, who has been Captain of United since 2011, announced in February on the club’s official website that he was to leave the team at the end of the 2013/2014 season. He went on to say – “It’s the last year of my contract and I have had eight wonderful years here. My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career.”
It was questioned why the Serbian would leave United after eight years and especially as he is still club captain – most players would hang around for the extra two years as to then be worthy of a testimonial match in the players honour.
One thing is for sure that the Serb’s loyalty has never been in doubt. When he announced he was to leave he went on to say that he wasn’t “considering staying in England as the only club he ever wanted to play for here is Manchester United”. He was good to his word as he has now announced that he will officially join Italian side Inter Milan on a permanent deal at the end of the season. The length of the contract which has been agreed with the club has not been released yet though.
Vidic will bow out after eight years at the club in the fixture against Southampton on Sunday, but there is set to be a great reception for him at tonight’s game which takes place at Old Trafford against Hull City. Hull are a side who already find themselves safe from relegation for at least another season, and with little to play for in the league and one eye on the upcoming FA Cup final – may choose to rest key players.
Wayne Rooney looks set to make his return after missing Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Sunderland due to illness. Another boost for United will see Robin Van Persie pushing for a starting place as he came off the bench against Sunderland after his brief spell out due to injury.
And then there is the curious case of Shinji Kagawa; Twice Bundesliga player of the year and now reduced to a bit-part sideshow amongst a struggling United team. Unseen in the squad against Sunderland despite starting the previous 4 matches, his continued presence at Old Trafford remains a mystery to all.
Hull will be without James Chester after he injured his Hamstring on Saturday, and he could potentially be out for the rest of the season which would be a big blow to Hull’s FA Cup chances against Arsenal. The same applies for Sone Aluko who injured his ankle in training on Friday and is now also a doubt for the FA Cup.