Age-old rivals Manchester United and Liverpool have had differing fortunes this season. While the Red Devils have gone downhill, the Meryseyside club have recovered some of their lost glory.
United endured a disastrous 2013-14 campaign in which they failed to win anything other than the Community Shied. The Manchester outfit finished seventh in the Premier League, were knocked out of the FA Cup at the third round and failed to progress beyond the semi-finals of the League Cup. In the Champions League, the Red Devils reached the quarter-finals, where they were defeated by Bayern Munich.
David Moyes, who took over the reins from Sir Alex Ferguson last summer, was sacked in April and player-coach Ryan Giggs was made the interim manager until the end of the season. Louis van Gaal will reportedly be the new permanent boss, but so far the Dutchman or the club have refused to say anything on the matter.
On the other hand, there is Liverpool, the club that started with the ambition of finishing in the top four and almost won the title instead. Until the final day of the campaign, Brendan Rodgers’ side were in with a chance of winning the title for the first time in the Premier League era. Eventually the Reds ended up two points behind champions Manchester City, but they can still bask in glory and optimism. Liverpool can command the respect of top footballers once again and can now sign world-class players.
But there is one footballer they won’t be able to sign, and that’s Nemanja Vidic. The Serbian defender will leave United this summer to join Italian club Inter Milan on a free transfer, having agreed on the move back in March.
However, the 32-year-old centre-back, who moved to the European giants in 2006 and won the Premier League five times and the Champions League once among other trophies, says that if he were to choose between the two clubs, then he would still go to United, not Liverpool.
‘Of course’, he told BBC Sport when asked whether he would still join the Red Devils ahead of Liverpool even now.