Manchester United are going to have a new club captain next season as Nemanja Vidic is leaving and today, Inter Milan confirmed that the Serbian will be moving to the Serie A club this summer.
Good luck to Vidic. Every United fan will wish him well but few expected to see a picture of Vidic putting pen to paper on his Inter contract, in March, when he is still the captain of United, at a time when the club is in dire straits.
Plenty of players, including Vidic, have had their heads in the clouds this season and while he has been busy sorting his future out, United have been plummeting towards their worst ever season in the Premier League. Hardly what you want your captain to be doing.
Vidic has given us eight great years of service but, despite United’s reported renewal offer, has decided to leave the club for pastures new. No United fan will begrudge him for that because he has been one of the best central defenders we’ve ever had at the club.
His presence is definitely going to be missed but now is not the time to be sentimental. David Moyes needs to take the armband away from Vidic immediately and give it to his new captain before we kick-off against West Brom on Saturday, whoever that may be (Rooney).
Ideally, Smalling, Jones and Evans are prioritised for the rest of the year and Vidic is given a couple of games at Old Trafford to say goodbye to fans. Vidic can have some swansong performances but not with the armband on.
Why pussyfoot around naming the subject of naming a captain and wait until the end of the season? Make the change. Everyone knows the season needs something to change, anything, to try and breath some life into a limp campaign.
The last thing United need right now is someone leading the team who knows full well he’ll be jumping ship before the end of the season.