Following a disappointing campaign on the pitch this season, Manchester United are expected to undergo major changes throughout the summer.
Firstly, after the sacking of David Moyes, a new manager has yet to be confirmed although reports and speculation point in the direction of Dutch national coach Louis Van Gaal.
As for the playing staff, a range of top-class players have been sounded out for Old Trafford arrivals this summer, whereas a number of current United stars have been earmarked for an exit.
It represents a new era for the club, and amongst the big changes are the departures of long-standing defenders Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.
Serbian international Vidic has spent nine years at the club, making 300 appearances in all competitions. The 32-year-old, however, is heading to Serie A this summer after signing a deal to join Italian giants Inter Milan.
Rio Ferdinand, on the other hand, has departed on a free transfer after his contract runs out this summer. The former West Ham United youth product has spent 12 years at Manchester United, making more than 450 appearances in all competitions for the club.
In an online poll conducted by the official Manchester United website Manutd.com, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were voted United’s best ever defensive partnership – acclaiming 73% of the votes.
Their defensive partnership helped the club win multiple trophies, including five Premier League titles, three League Cups and a Champions League success in 2008.
In the poll, Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister were voted in second place with 16%, treble-winners Jaap Stam and Ronny Johnsen in third with 7% and finally Martin Buchan and Gordon McQueen in fourth with 4%.