Nemanja Vidic – One of Fergie’s inspired signings

Nemanja Vidic

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…

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6 responses to “Nemanja Vidic – One of Fergie’s inspired signings”

  1. Big Red 'M' says :

    I totally agree. One of Fergies best signings in a long time, probably bar Evra and Ronaldo. Long may he continue to patrol our back line. Viva Vida!

  2. Nithin R S says :

    SAF once again chuckled the big time charlies who run after united players. Vidic seems like a natural choice to be next captain, due to the injury problems of rio ferdinand.

  3. Big Red 'M' says :

    Don’t know why the link on that comment isn’t working. Maybe it will on this one.

  4. kel says :

    The best news for this summer. Vidic along evra and Ronaldo is the best transfer for the last decades. It’s amazing how when Vidic play, we only focus on attacking and no worries on the defense that we take him for granted.

  5. Tom says :

    Nice post. Keeping Vidic is massive for us. If we had lost another key player, we would have been in trouble. Pyschologically, it would have been a massive blow for us. The only place I’m really concerned about now is midfield. Still think we dont have enough quality there to challenge on all fronts..

  6. Niyi says :

    It’s swell Vida has re-signed, but with Rio over 30 and injury prone, I wonder who’ll be his long-term defensive partner, Brown, Evans, Smalling? Wes Brown is a sentimental favourite of mine but can be error prone. Evans looks like the real deal though.

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