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Why Man United must aim higher than this £8m defender to replace Vidic

Nemanja Vidic’s impending departure has sent Manchester United’s search for a replacement into overdrive.

But if the latest reports are to be believed, the Red Devils are looking in the wrong place.

According to TalkSport, David Moyes and company have set their sights on Juventus’ Martin Caceres in the aftermath of the Serb’s announcement that he’ll be leaving Old Trafford at the end of the season.

The Scottish manager has been said to be intrigued by the ex-Barcelona man’s flexibility in defense - a centre-back by trade, but able to take up his mantle on either flank as well.

And at £8m the Uruguay international is supposedly available as he hasn’t figured heavily into boss Antonio Conte’s plans since arriving in Turin for the second time in his career two years ago.

And it’s because of exactly this lack of involvement that Caceres isn’t the type of player United should be pursuing as they look to rebuild.

He’s by no means a defender of little quality - in fact doing quite well for the Old Lady when called upon and facing fierce competition from mainstays Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli, with Angelo Obgonna thrown into the mix over the summer.

22 league starts since January 2012 don’t make for scintillating reading - the 26-year-old has well and truly been a fill-in for Juventus, unable to rise up the pecking order for a side that features three at the back.

In his pomp, Vidic was one of the world’s best centre-backs, a dominant force that has been hugely responsible for the 15 trophies brought back to Old Trafford during his tenure in Manchester.

It’s this type of presence that United need to replicate in rejuvenating the squad in view of getting back to the top under Moyes - settling for no less.

Whilst Caceres may both intriguing for his versatility and undoubtedly serviceable, he quite plainly doesn’t fit the bill in this regard.

And if the reportedly massive transfer kitty available to the manager this summer is indeed concrete, United have the funds to acquire a top man - whether it be a youngster with a bright future, like Chelsea have done with Kurt Zouma, or a more proven choice such as Mats Hummels.

Nothing is set in stone with respect to the link with Caceres of course, though this is the task at hand for the Red Devils.

Replacing an outgoing ageing star at such a big club requires tact, but more than anything an effort to bring in the best available.

United fans will be hoping this is exactly what Moyes does come July, as if the Mancunians are to return to the pinnacle of Europe, they’ll certainly need someone in defence the calibre of Vidic in his prime.

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