Rojo v Vidic: Comparing the defenders' seasons so far

Nemanja Vidic

Manchester United have been linked with a shock reunion with Nemanja Vidic, but how does he compare to Marcos Rojo this season?

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 accuracyTackles won per gameInterceptions won per gameEffective clearances per gameOutfield blocks per gameFouls per gameKey passes per gameMins Played
Nemanja Vidic 88.1% 1.7 2.7 6.3 0.6 1.3 0.1 1,170
Marcos Rojo 86% 1.14 3.29 5.86 0.29 1.14 0.43 596

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...

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