Nemanja Vidic officially had his contract with Inter Milan cancelled on Monday night after mutually agreeing to terminate it, having not played at all this season due to injury.
With Manchester United in need of a new centre-back, it got me thinking – would fans be happy to bring Vidic back to the club as a free agent?
So, I asked our followers on Twitter and the response was pretty unanimously against the idea, although there were some who supported the concept of Vidic returning:
— David Byer (@thedavidbyer) January 18, 2016
No cause he was well past it a season before he left. http://t.co/y2rk0U8b5d
— Scott Crossland (@ScottCrossland7) January 18, 2016
@PeoplesPerson_ Anyone who would is mad.
— Danny (@Dan_B94) January 18, 2016
@PeoplesPerson_ does he have coaching badges? His time as a player is past, sadly.
— Richard Hutchinson (@thesilverpaper) January 18, 2016
— Nieboer (@leo_nieboer) January 18, 2016
@PeoplesPerson_ Yes but not to play. For coaching badges and to work with the back 4. But to play, absolutely not.
— Jasmina (@Jazifer) January 18, 2016
@PeoplesPerson_ no he's past it
— James 🇾🇪⚽️🍻 (@Bridgy_5) January 18, 2016
@PeoplesPerson_ absolutely! Give him similar contract as Owen…pay as you play! He's experience is so invaluable! Smalling will transform ☺
— IMRAAN ★ (@imz07detroit) January 18, 2016
@PeoplesPerson_ absolutely not. Ridiculous thought and lazy journalism.
— Cantona's Collar (@LeKingsCollar) January 18, 2016
@PeoplesPerson_ He has lost his legs. Wouldn't take him if he paid us to play. Will consider a coaching role tho,maybe U18
— Ima Adjei (@imaadjei) January 18, 2016
@PeoplesPerson_ Vidic is past his sell by date not the same player since injury time to move on completely can't go back to the past
— 😃 (@DavidWa50046817) January 18, 2016
— Ferg.! (@ferg_lynch) January 18, 2016
Vidic was on the way down when he left United, so I’m not sure how a couple of years in Italy and some serious injuries along the way would make him good enough to come back and help our defensive problems right now.
That being said, I would love to have him back around the club in some capacity, even if he did leave in acrimonious circumstances by signing a contract with Inter Milan halfway through the season under David Moyes despite being our captain.
Let me know what you think on the subject of a potential Vidic return – is it something United could look to in the short term?