Ex-Manchester United defender: Vidic would stay if Ferguson had

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Parker believes the Red Devils would not be losing their captain Nemanja Vidic if Sir Alex Ferguson were still in charge.

The 32-year-old Serbian international and Manchester United captain has confirmed he will be leaving Old Trafford upon the expiry on his contract at the end of this season.

49-year-old Paul Parker, former United, QPR, Chelsea and Fulham right back, believes the skipper would not have left if Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge of the Premier League champions.

Asked on talkSPORT whether Vidic would have stayed if Ferguson was still there, Parker responded: "Yes. It would be [different] but that’s football, that’s players, you play under certain managers.”

It’s little use now speculating whether or not the current captain would have stayed if the former manager had decided too but what is useful for new manager David Moyes is to use the centre-back’s imminent departure to inspire commitment and focus in his squad that will be staying.

Senior players such as Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick as well as Rio Ferdinand and Robin van Persie could be candidates to take the armband from Vidic but consistency of performance is going to be required.

Meanwhile, Vidic is past his prime and we have seen United uncharacteristically vulnerable at the back this term so bringing in someone who can replace him as first-choice centre back will be something Moyes can use to build his team for the future.

The emergence, improvement and development of players such as Phil Jones and Jonny Evans is also encouraging for the Scot and the skipper departing will only give the other players in his position encouragement that they can step up to take on his role.

The need for leadership especially at the back with Ferdinand also well into the twilight of his career at Old Trafford, the retirement of Paul Scholes last summer and the likely imminent retirement of Ryan Giggs means, on the one hand, there is going to necessarily be some wholesale changes made in the summer but it also means that players currently at the club can prove themselves leaders when the club and the manager needs them most this term.

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