Manchester United fans react on Twitter to Vidic departure announcement

Nemanja Vidic has moved to clear up rumours regarding his future - by announcing he will leave the club in the summer.

Get set for a new era at Manchester United, the Nemanja Vidic years are nearly over.

Signed as a rough around the edges but hard as nails centre-back in 2006, the Serbian has lived up to and beyond all expectations.

He has won five Premier League titles, one Champions League and three League Cups, as well as numerous individual accolades.

The defender announced: "It's the last year of my contract and I have had eight wonderful years here. My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career. I’m not considering staying in England as the only club I ever wanted to play for here is Manchester United."

Vidic had been strongly linked with a switch to Inter Milan in recent days, and the 32-year-old says he wants to ensure he gives his all between now and the end of the season.

There are several questions now thrown up in light of Vidic's announcement.

How will this affect the squad going forward for the rest of the season? Has Rio Ferdinand been handed a lifeline in terms of his own future at the club? Who will be the captain next season? Who will be signed to replace the Serbian international in central defence.

Expect Manchester United transfer rumours to go into overdrive over the weekend, with Ezequiel Garay, Eliaquim Mangala, Mats Hummels three of the names most commonly linked with a switch to Old Trafford.

But before we get to all that, what about Vidic himself? The player has been a man mountain, a colossus for United in central defence, the rock around they built their success over the past few seasons.

While has has had his injuries in recent times, he still leads the teams in clearances with 160 this season in the Premier League, more than 30 more than his nearest teammate.

The timing of his decision is an unusual one, and it's uncertain how it will play out between now and the rest of the season. His form will be under extra-scrutiny, but Vidic may have felt the rumours and whispers were a distraction, and having drawn a line under the situation and addressed it, he may be able to get back to playing his best football over the final few months of his United career.

Here is how United fans have been reacting on Twitter to the sudden announcement:

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