Manchester United will lose one of their best defenders of all time at the end of the season when Nemanja Vidic departs Old Trafford.
The 32-year-old centre-back had announced his intention to move to Italian club Inter Milan on a free transfer in the summer back in February and said a fond farewell to the United fans at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
It was the occasion of the Red Devils’ final Premier League home game of the season against Hull City, and the Serbian came on as a substitute midway through the first half. At the end of the match, he gave an emotional speech and the fans thanked him by singing his praise.
Vidic is arguably past his best and he will relish playing out the final stretch of his career at Inter, who will be striving to regain their place in the top three in Serie A next season. There are still a few more years left in the ex-Red Star Belgrade star’s legs and retirement is not on his mind at the moment.
However, the former Spartak Moscow defender has admitted that he would be open to being part of the club after his retirement. Vidic says that he is going to follow United’s fortunes from Italy and will come to Old Trafford to watch their matches whenever he gets the chance.
‘I don't know’, he told United Review when asked if he could see himself coming back to United in some capacity after his retirement. ‘As somebody who played for the club, I am always going to be watching United. I would like to come with my kids, when they get a bit older, to watch a few games at Old Trafford, but you never know what the future is going to bring. All I can say is that I have a good relationship with all the people at the club and I don't think that will change in the future’.
Having worked with Sir Alex Ferguson for almost a decade, Vidic knows how things work at United and knows the club inside out. Perhaps when he retires and if he plans to try his hand at coaching, then he could find himself part of the management staff at Old Trafford.