PHOTOS: Nemanja Vidic thanks Old Trafford, Carrick leads tributes

Manchester United defensive stalwart Nemanja Vidic competed in his last match at Old Trafford as a home player.

Centre back Nemanja Vidic, 32, spoke pre-match about whether or not he thought he'd show emotion during and after his final match at Old Trafford as a Manchester United player.

The Serbian hard-man was renowned for his imposing strength, his fearlessness in the challenge and his intimidating aura - he was even nicknamed Vida, The Rock, by full back Patrice Evra - but, like a rock, his tear-ducts stayed dry as he issued his farewell speech to the fans who had cheered him for eight illustrious seasons.

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Vidic was initially named amongst the substitutes' bench for the visit of Hull City in the club's penultimate game of the season, yet was brought on after just 20 minutes of action in order to replace the injured Phil Jones.

The accomplished defender, a five-time Premier League titlist and Champions League trophy winner, gave a good account of himself when he was on the field, with a 95% passing accuracy and completing eight clearances.

United triumphed 3-1 with a brace from debutant James Wilson.

"You want to win the game but, at the same time, you've got to celebrate Vida," said Carrick, leading the tributes for the Inter Milan bound man, to MUTV.

"We have to celebrate the service he's given the club for so long, having achieved so much. He's a leader and one of the best defenders the club has had. It's sad that he's leaving because he'll be missed as he's a top player and an important part of the squad. Sometimes you've got to move on and we respect that.

"I'm sure he must have been touched by the reception he got from the crowd. He's a man of few words so I was a bit surprised to see him get on the microphone at the end. You could see he was touched and there was definitely some emotion there.

"He's got one game left but that was his last one at this special place. He'll be missed."

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