Ex-Gunner: Replacing Vidic will be hard to take for TWO United stars

Martin Keown has suggested Manchester United defenders could find it hard to take if a Vidic replacement is brought in this summer.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has suggested that going after a high profile centre back to replace Nemanja Vidic could have negative effects on Phil Jones and Chris Smalling.

Vidic announced some time ago that he’d be leaving United at the end of this season and news broke earlier this week that his next destination will be Inter Milan.

That leaves a gaping great hole in the heart of Manchester United’s back four, which David Moyes will have to fill this summer.

To do so he has two choices; go out and invest in a player or show faith to the central defenders already in place. Keown believes Moyes will go for the first choice but believes it could have a negative effect on those already at the club.

“I feel certain they will dip into the transfer market to try and find a defender with a solid reputation and plenty of experience, which is what Moyes likes. That would be hard to take for Jones and Smalling, but it does feel like a crossroads for them,” said Keown in a Daily Mail Q&A session.

It’s important to point out that United haven’t benefited from a fit and consistent starter in the form of Rio Ferdinand this season and the same will be evident next season.

Ferdinand is the ideal sort of player to have coming in to fill the void created by Vidic but Moyes can’t rely on him to play the same volume of games that the Serbian has been participating in since the turn of the year.

A new defender coming in shouldn’t be seen as a negative by players like Jones, Smalling and even Jonny Evans, they should see it as a challenge to raise their performance levels and force their way into the team.

Moyes is likely to be criticised whichever decision he makes but the sensible option is to try and limit the damage created by Vidic leaving and the best way to do that is to bring in a similar player.

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