Nemanja Vidic – One of Fergie’s inspired signings
The blades of the rumour mill have stopped turning for the moment. Nemanja Vidic’s often-talked about future at Manchester United has been put into doubt on a number of occasions, but the news that the Serbian centre-half has reached an agreement over a new contract is greeted by the sighs of relief over Manchester and beyond.
The transformation from being a decent player to a world-class player is credit to the club and Sir Alex Ferguson, the manner in which he has been nurtured the reason for his emergence as one of the world’s best defenders and why his current asking price is about four times the fee he had originally signed for (though to be about £7m). Not that the asking price will have to be mentioned any time soon.
What he has brought to the club ever since his arrival from Spartak is great defensive stability and presence at the back, and has successfully created a formidable defensive partnership with Rio Ferdinand. While the previous season had been somewhat spoilt by injuries, the development of the Serbian has been evident since his arrival. Much like Patrice Evra, incidentally another of Fergie’s ‘inspired’ signings, he took a while to settle but rapidly grew of age. He’s been a key member of United’s title winning teams, and long may that continue.
And he can take comfort of playing in the best back four in the country today. United, despite their league shortcomings, conceded the least goals last season and the previous (and the year before that). The season of 08/09, United managed to go 14 consecutive games without conceding, a feat never managed before in the modern game. While much credit will go to Edwin van der Sar for his sterling work between the goalposts, Vidic was ever-apparent in recording the feat. It is likely that Vidic will officially sign his contract soon, and when he does he can finally look to the near future without any doubts over his career at Old Trafford, and aspire and continue to win more silverware. £7m? What a bargain that was Fergie…