Manchester United have picked up a scrappy, hard fought but in the end deserved win against Sunderland in the Premier League this weekend.
After the game much of the attention obviously went toward Adnan Januzaj, the club’s 18-year-old double goal hero.
About a year ago we ran this story …
And I still stand by it.
Vidic’s better days are obviously behind him, but the diminishing of his once colossal standards has never looked like having a directly detrimental effect on the United team … until now.
Vidic was never blessed for pace, but he has now lost an extra yard as well. Perhaps the injuries have taken their toll on the reaction he can get from his own body when he tells it to go, as fast as possible.
But he is also looking to have lost strength. He struggled against Jozy Altidore, admittedly a big boy himself, but there was a time when Vidic’s cunning would outdo his opponent - yesterday he found himself beat up on numerous occasions.
Don’t get me wrong, I think Vidic has been one of the Premier League’s outstanding players, not just defenders over recent years, but there comes a point when age and injury catches up with you.
For some it is when they turn 38, others 35, others 25 … for Vidic I feel that time is coming.
Couple that with what appears to be a similar affect going on with Rio Ferdinand, and David Moyes is left with two of the best Premier League defenders of the past ten years, vanishing into shadows of their former selves.
The Serbian’s mistake yesterday was allied by Phil Jones’ ineptitude on his weaker side and Patrice Evra’s apparent reluctance at getting anywhere near Emmanuele Giaccherini.
But it was just a stand-out thorn in an overall dicey performance, and not the first of his season so far.
Last term it was mainly Jonny Evans who guided United to success alongside Rio and you have to wonder how long before the Northern Irishman gets the nod ahead of either Vidic or Ferdinand - and then when will Chris Smalling take the other spot.
It is a tough thought for United fans to digest, but with the injury concerns that the 31-year-old Vidic and the 34-year-old Ferdinand have had throughout recent years, perhaps while things are new at United it is time to drop them for the younger models, even if a period of transition could leave United in trouble.
Here is what a selection of United fans thought about Vidic’s performance yesterday…
Vidic been playing rubbish since the start of the season,i can't overlook that caus he is the Captain,wajesha— Inno Maluks (@INNOMPHAHLELE) October 5, 2013
Think it’s safe to say that Vidic is well and truly past it.— Jon Startin (@Jon_Startin) October 6, 2013
Said 2 weeks ago that Utd should play Smalling and Evans cb instead of Rio an Vidic and got laughed at...surely can't be disputed now?!— Philip Monaghan (@FidgeyCent) October 6, 2013
As much as appreciate Junazaj's performance it doesn't take away the other dreadful ones. What's up with van Persie? And Vidic had a shocker— Lara Olivier (@Lar7aOlivier) October 6, 2013
A lot of talks of phasing out Vidic and Rio. Rio was mint last season while Vidic had something missing something always after that injury.— Ajjun (@_arjuns) October 6, 2013
Vidic had a torrid game last night, maybe needs a rest.— Mαyαnk Tiwαry™ (@mayank27tiwary) October 6, 2013
TBH, Jones outshone Vidic today, Yes. But that mistake he made almost cost 2nd goal, if not for Gardner's hesitancy and Jones' tackle.— Videet Thakkar (@videetthakkar) October 6, 2013
Buzzin we got the win but something not right vidic & RVP seem half the players from last year both have lost a yard! DE GEA quality— Robbo (@RobRobbolion) October 5, 2013
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