Nemanja Vidic has long been the bed-rock of Manchester United's defence. Well-renowned for his fearsome never-say-die attitude and his crunching tackles and headers, the Serbian is a fans' favourite for United. Signed from Partizan Belgrade in January 2006, Vidic has clocked up nearly 300 appearances for United in that time and worn the captain's armband. His central defensive partnership with Rio Ferdinand is the classic blend of guile and blood/thunder. However, those statistics don't tell the whole story.
For the last 3 years, Nemanja Vidic has struggled with a multitude of injuries, which have ranged from the serious to the niggly. This has put the United Skipper out of action for quite sometime now, with only sporadic appearances in the first time. When Vidic has played, he has looked a shadow of his former self, with certainly less of the strength which characterised his early United career.
In a recent showing against Everton on Wednesday, Nemanja Vidic was outmuscled and outplayed by bulky youngster Romelu Lukaku, which was worrying for United as they slumped to a single goal defeat and the third game in a row in the league without a win. With Rio Ferdinand also seemingly on the verge of the retirement, could this be the end for the Premier's league best defensive axis?
However, Nemanja Vidic has not had sufficient enough time to recover from the injuries he has had and build up a concerted spell of appearances in the first team. He is only 32, which seems old, but with Ryan Giggs defying nature to play into his forties, there may be hope yet for the serbian warrior.