5 Potential Replacements for Nemanja Vidic at Manchester United


Manchester United's defence will look a little less fearsome from next season with the news that Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic will leave the club when his contract expires.

The Serbian will go down as a United legend having won five Premier League titles and the Champions League at the club, but who will come in to replace him?

Here we look at five contenders:


Phil Jagielka

A trusted lieutenant of Moyes’ at Everton, Jagielka is now in his prime at the age of 31 and could be persuaded to make the move from Goodison Park if the Blues miss out on European football.

United’s much-publicised sniffing around Leighton Baines in the summer didn’t come to anything in the end, but Jagielka could be easier to prise away from Merseyside and would certainly be cheaper.

Although perhaps not an eye-catching signing or considered a big-name addition, Jagielka would add solidity and a no-nonsense approach to defending at United, and is one of the first names on the England teamsheet these days too.  

 

Joleon Lescott

Once sold by Moyes to Manchester City for £22m, Lescott will be available on a free transfer in the summer when his City contract expires.

Swapping Manchester clubs might not make Lescott a popular man with the Blue half of the city, but if money is tight following the signing of Juan Mata in January then the sometime England defender would make for a sensible addition.

Again, Lescott can’t be considered as a world-beater or the sort of signing that would get United fans off their seats, but needs must in their situation at the moment and he could be a decent stop-gap.  

 

Federico Fernandez

A regular in the Argentina team at centre-back, Fernandez is 24 certainly has plenty of quality.

Taking him away from Napoli might prove a tall order for United and would certainly be on the expensive side, but the 23-times capped international possesses the kind of quality that would allow Moyes to build his team around him, and he is certainly likely to be a big hit with the United fans.

A loan spell at Getafe last year sharpened his skills, and there is a sense that Fernandez is just coming into his prime now. He’d make for a good addition.

 

Dejan Lovren

A hit at Southampton in his first Premier League campaign, the Croatian impressed onlookers in the Saints’ draw at Old Trafford this season and also scored when they won at Liverpool.

United and Southampton have been next to each other in the table for much of the season, but there is little doubt that a move north would represent a significant step up in Lovren’s career regardless of United’s struggles this season, but whilst the player might welcome the move his club are sure to do everything they can to keep him.

A price tag of around £20m could deter Moyes from making a move, but if he did he’d be getting a good defender and a leader in the Vidic mould.

 

Thomas Vermaelen

Underused at Arsenal due to the success of the Per Mertesacker-Laurent Koscielny partnership – at least until Liverpool started running at them – Belgian Vermaelen surely needs to leave the Gunners in order to get some playing time.

Capable of fine performances on his day, perhaps he’ll look at Robin van Persie’s experiences since making the move north and feel as though he could make a difference at Old Trafford.

Arsenal might be reluctant to strengthen United in their current perilous state, but they’ve done so before and so why not again? 


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