The Manchester United legend who couldn’t cut it in Italy

Manchester United fans absolutely adore Nemanja Vidic.

And rightly so. The Serbian centre-back was a colossus in the heart of United’s defence between 2006 and 2014. Vidic won it all at Old Trafford, including five Premier League titles, three League Cups and a Champions League.

He was even named Premier League Player of the Year twice, a feat that had only been accomplished by Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo before him.

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Nemanja Vidic during his poor spell at Inter Milan

At the end of the 2013-14 season, Vidic was 33, and looked far from being past it. He made 34 appearances in his final season at United, during the ill-fated David Moyes regime, but decided to leave the club at the end of his contract that summer.

In July, Vidic joined Inter Milan on a free transfer, and it looked as though United had dropped the ball by allowing their most experienced defender to fly the nest.

But unlike Patrice Evra, who won two Serie A titles with Juventus after leaving Old Trafford in 2014, Vidic had a woeful time in Italy.

At the San Siro, Vidic looked a shadow of the swashbuckling defender who blew opposing strikers away in the Premier League. Inter finished eighth that season, and it wouldn’t get much better for Vidic in his second season in Milan.

After being frozen out of the first-team following some bad performances and a string of injuries, Vidic’s contract was terminated by mutual consent in January 2016. Just 11 days afterwards, Vidic announced his retirement from football at the age of 34.

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