Following a disappointing start to life at Inter Milan, with a number of his performances coming in for criticism, Nemanja Vidic has been linked with a surprise move back to Manchester United.
Debate over the likelihood of such a move will continue for some time, but here we take a look at the Serbian defender's performances this season compared with the player brought in - at least in part - to replace him in the form of Marcos Rojo.
The Argentina international has had a steady if rather ordinary start to life as a United player. He has not looked anywhere near as shaky as some observers had suggested he would in the centre of Louis van Gaal's defence, but with regular changes in the back-line he has been paired with a number of players before enduring a spell on the side-lines himself.
As you can see below, Rojo currently compares favourably with the former United skipper, even if the more experienced player still outdoes him in some areas.
Vidic has a better passing accuracy than Rojo, while he also wins slightly more tackles on average per match. The United player however averages more interceptions and more key passes, while van Gaal's summer signing averages slightly less fouls per appearance than Vidic.
|Passing accuracy||Tackles won per game||Interceptions won per game||Effective clearances per game||Outfield blocks per game||Fouls per game||Key passes per game||Mins Played|
Vidic leads in terms of effective clearances - no surprise given his dominance over the years - while he also makes more outfield blocks.
In short, despite a shaky start to life at Inter Vidic is still out-performing Rojo in a number of key areas. But is it enough for United to bring him back to Old Trafford? Only time will tell...