The man who was at the heart of Manchester United’s complete defence between 2006 and 2014 and won five English Premier League titles as well as the Champions League in 2008 has retired from football.
Former Manchester United captain and creative defender, Nemanja Vidic, announced his retirement on Friday.
The 34-year-old Serbian international central defender moved to Inter Milan in 2014 but his contract with the Serie A club was terminated by mutual consent this month. Vidic made a most complementary pair with Rio Ferdinand in defense, dominating the air in the aerial battles surrounding United’s goalmouth in the playing fields of Old Trafford at home and in away encounters.
While in Man United, Vidic was a defender that was feared. He could fight with the most physical forward player, attacker and/or midfield attacker and he also bravely crunched into tackles, preventing and denying many fast and dangerous forays of attackers and midfielders into United’s 18.
In his retirement speech, Vidic said, inter alia:
“The time has come for me to hang up my boots,” he said in a statement on the United website (www.manutd.com). “The injuries I have had in the last few years have taken their toll.
I would like to thank all the players I have played with, all the managers and staff I have worked with, and say a big ‘thank you’ to the fans for their support over the years”
– Nermanja Vidic, ex-Man United defender
He will surely be missed.
Up Man U!