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Vidic confirms United exit

With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, captain Nemanja Vidic has confirmed that he will be leaving when this campaign finishes.

“It’s the last year of my contract and I have had eight wonderful years here. My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career. I never could have imagined winning 15 trophies and I will certainly never forget that fantastic night in Moscow, memories that will live with me and the fans forever. However, I have decided that I will move on at the end of this season. I want to challenge myself again and try to make the best of myself in the coming years. I’m not considering staying in England as the only club I ever wanted to play for here is Manchester United and I was lucky enough to be part of this club for so many years. I’ve got a few options to move on and I will choose the right one for me and for my family. I am now going to focus all my efforts on playing for Manchester United and do the best I can for the team until the end of the season. I hope this stops any further speculation about my future.”


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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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239 Comments

  1. Mav says:

    Tommy

    I say we need around 73 for 4th. Thats 33 more points. With 14 games remaining thats:

    11 wins 0 draws 3 losses

    10 wins 3 draws 1 loss

    Two of those wins HAS to without a doubt be against Pool and Everton. I also think we could beat them at OT. But its a long shot nonetheless for fourth.

  2. Redfrog says:

    @Tommy..maybe you will call me a plastic or a troll or whatever you like as well as Sir matt martin, because we don’t believe in Moyes and are worried for the club.
    Let me tell you we both posted on “Flowers on Manchester” and payed tribute. Sir Matt gave a word of Di Stefano which was class about that team while I “RIP” and spoked how Sir Busby mad an amazing job after this tragedy and had Three Ballon d’or in his team.

    While read at what your mate @Wayne Barker was posting :
    “I’m here to pay my respect I just wish the troll had been banned and wasn’t allowed to even be on this thread let alone cut and paste things that has no meaning to him.While he’s allowed to operate Roms’s a disgrace it makes me ill he’s allowed on this thread”

    How do you think about using a tragedy and death people to bully, troll and insult people? He is just a disgusting human being. He has so much anger and hate in him. He would not be here if he didn’t have someone to bully.

    While I can understand your point explain me how “true” supporters didn’t post more then plastics like me ?

    It is not a dig at you mate, I don’t have problems with opinions. The only one I can’t stand is Wayne Barker because of his consistent bullying and insulting. he is the only one so aggressive here.

  3. Tommy says:

    @Redfrog

    OK mate, It just disapoints me when I see people (Not you in particular by the way) comment on a thread up to 1000 times and then we see less than 40 on a topic close to my heart, No doubt some people just comment to be critical after a defeat then when we win they dont show up until another defeat (Again not on about you just some posters in general) and Matt has used racial langauage towards posters so I really cant take him serious after that mate

  4. sir matt martin says:

    @ Redfrog
    True talk bro.. spot on, person like Slim i knw that fool just started supportin United just last season.. as for Tommy he was a forma Evertonia befor moyes got this job. So if they are happy to see United fall. am not suprice. United will always get the best no matter what. thats what true fans Wants for united the very best. and moyes for me is not that man. The mind boggles.

  5. Redfrog says:

    @Tommy

    I understand your point. Most of us didn’t were born when it happened. I was a bit like Evra to be honest. I began to support the club without knowing its history, then I make myself award of it and loved the club even more because of it. What is amazing for me, if we want to see positive after that tragedy is that it didn’t put the club down, but with an extraordinary job of Sir Busby, United came back to have one of the better side in the game history. It is the biggest came back in Football history and with attacking football define the never say die attitude of this club.

    On another topic, I am sad to see more and more division between the posters on this blog. Our situation make us a bit nervous I think. Sometimes I feel freely trolled by some when I try to just give my opinion and when I’m never aggressive. I think we can all speak freely and have different opinion but sill be in good terms. I was pleased by your answer. Cheers mate.

  6. Redfrog says:

    @slim. While you can say me what is a plastic by your words you didn’t answered my question before, when I wanted just to know your opinion and thoughts witch was : “@slim. Just an honest question mate. Apart Januzaj, what do you enjoy this season ?”

    You are asking us to stay positive and I feel it is hard this season. I wanted to know what was positive for you, to maybe have another idea.

  7. sir matt martin says:

    Liverpool 5-1 Arsen. liverpool on 50 point.

  8. Redfrog says:

    Liverpool is definitely out of reach. Anyway, with our form I didn’t have any illusion. Season finished. Just wait the next.

  9. Gary Mitrovic says:

    There is no pulling the wool over anyone’s eyes this season. Apart from Januzaj there has been nothing to point towards as a positive. De Gea and Rooney have been our only consistent performers all season along with Januzaj. There’s not even been one game that was a thriller or exciting all season. Leverkusen away was a massive win but again it wasn’t look we played thrilling football. I don’t look ahead to any game with much confidence now and clearly neither do the players. Every win we have to huff and puff to get it. Very much going through the motions this season.

  10. trevor knightsmith says:

    Redfrog:

    Stay positive (but I think the same as you) perhaps there is another record Moyes can break , the lowest placed team to win the Champions league, stranger things have happened !

  11. Gary Mitrovic says:

    Trevor, let’s just try and get past Olympiakos first and then if we can manage that see how the draw goes. We have no Mata in Europe and players playing knowing that they’re off in the summer. It’s not going to happen. Chelsea did it by galvanising the fans and players by appointing a popular figure within the club which brought back the feel good factor and of course with a big slice of luck. We have no such feel good factor. Confidence is at an all time low.

  12. Redfrog says:

    @Gary…I agree about everything, even Leverkusen trashing wasn’t exciting…Januzaj is the best news this season.

    @Trevor…then I’ll go to church and do my duties even if I don’t believe in god. But while Chelsea weaked up with Di Matteo. I don’t feel our players will give it all for Moyes. Olympiakos win is a must through, but we are not good enough defensively I think to go all the way (as Chelsea)

  13. sir matt martin says:

    @ trevor knightsmith
    Ahahaha… I would take wining the CL.. even if we finish 10 in the Epl. if chelsea can do it why cant United. Silence, Patience & Grace. Will are United we do what we like, Again stranger things have happened !!

  14. trevor knightsmith says:

    Redfrog:

    Gary Mitrovic :

    I forgot to point out that I am the UK straw grasping champion !

  15. Gary Mitrovic says:

    Trevor, I thought the UK straw grasping champion was Moyes?

  16. sir matt martin says:

    If Di Matteo, can get lucky. why not DM.

  17. trevor knightsmith says:

    Gary:

    Ok, I’ll fight him for it, he’d lose obviously, and I’m old and weak !

  18. sir matt martin says:

    Moyes can get it right if he surounds himself with better technical crew.. Steve rounds and Phil Nev. was a big mistake by moyes.

  19. Redfrog says:

    Trevor, Gary : haha, That leaves us a chance.
    Sir Matt : Moyes blames luck every match. This lady, while she is unjustifiably blamed by him should hate him by now ! But I guess if He win it he won’t say it is luck.

  20. Ezzerguru says:

    @trevor knightsmith

    ‘Straw-grasping champion’ love it.

    Nice to see some humour on here boys.

  21. Dan Young says:

    ooh the big ‘whos a plastic’ debate is still in full swing. tommy and wayne are the complete opposite of a plastic, and some of the people they call out for being plastic definitely are. your not a plastic depending where you live, manchester united have a fanbase throughout the world so saying if your not from manchester you are a plastic is fucking stupid, as most of our income is thanks to our international fanbase. what does make you a plastic is if everything you say about the club in these shit times is nothing but negative. we dont have a god given right to win every game, we have to earn it. this season we havnt done enough to earn it. dosnt mean you should be slating the club, players, manager left right and centre on every single thread. your not even a supporter. but, when the club does start to see success, you will gladly arselick the manager and players. to put it in one sentence, if your only supporting when were winning then you are a plastic.

    everyone has criticisms .. i have quite a few for moyes and for some of the players. but i still support them. i will not judge moyes too much till the end of next season, if im completely honest i dont think he will be here by the end of his 6 year contract, but i still support him to prove me wrong cause he is capable of proving me wrong. he just needs to change some of the stuff he is doing, preferably sooner rather then later!

  22. trevor knightsmith says:

    Dan.

    I hope Moyes proves me wrong also .

    But I have a feeling that unless things show any prospect of improving the Glaziers will probably get rid of him in the Summer .

    The signs are not looking good for him , he desperately needs a run of very good results and better player moral, but only time will tell, let’s hope we can turn this very long corner soon, somehow !

  23. slim says:

    Redfrog

    Classic case of what gets me ticked off sometimes, go back, check the fourth page, you’ll see my response to your question

  24. Gary Mitrovic says:

    Dan, we don’t have a god given right to win each game because god is a mythical made up figure to justify our existence instead of thinking things out logically. I know it was a figure of speech, but just getting that of my chest!

  25. slim says:

    The stay positive sounds like me but i’m not sure i’ve ever said that. maybe you can quote me. If i did say that then i’m sure i would have provided some context or at least the reasons why . So please if you can, dig up them comments, i’d like to see what i was referring to in particular.

  26. Redfrog says:

    Every result we got this year, I was hoping it was announcing a run. Last result did it for me and I’m speaking for our play. I lost belief in Moyes.
    Now I’ll watch games and hoping for a win as always.
    I’m not sure that Moyes will get the sack this summer. he will probably have another year to prove himself and if he get the top 4 i will be happy with that or if he makes us play better football (not just a bit of improvement but attacking football) without top 4. Through, with the team needing rebuilding, Moyes season will begin with the transfers.
    For now lets relax and consider every game in the champions league as a bonus.
    My dream will be Ole to comeback here. The pressure after Fergie would have been too high but it will be a lot easier after Moyes I think.

  27. Redfrog says:

    @Slim

    Sorry if I made a mistake. I’ll check. But it wasn’t a dig at all. Just a question.

  28. slim says:

    Redfrog

    i know and i answered as honestly as i could

  29. tallestreD says:

    @the reddevil I have said mine. Whether he plays in a two man midfied, 4man MF or even 6men midfielder, he isn’t the type of player that is needed basically. We need a tackler, someone who can stay deep like keane or Gattuso or even Martinez then players like Kroos can be added.

  30. Tommy says:

    @Dan Young

    Spot on mate, like SAF said “If you cant support us when we are struggling, then you cant support us when we are winning”

  31. Dan Young says:

    trevor – i think a run of good results and better player moral just scratch the surface. i would criticise him on the following…

    -having pnev and steve round in such a high position at the football club. they are a good addition to any football club but not in such a huge role. whenever you see the camera pointed towards the bench and moyes is talking to his technical staff about what to do you just see pnev and round agreeing with everything moyes says. maulensteen would be bringing more to the equation then just a simple ‘yes’ .. he would be putting ideas forwards and actually being worthy of his job.

    -playing a 4-4-2. when you have technical players as good as mata, rooney, rvp, januzaj and kagawa in your team you DO NOT play a 4-4-2. you play either a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-1-4-1, possibly a 4-3-2-1 but that formation lacks width. the reason kagawa has never settled at united is cause of the 4-4-2. put him in a 4-2-3-1 with mata and januzaj either side of him and rooney up top with all 4 having the invitation to free roam will be an immense strike force!

    -the worst thing moyes does is always sets up his line-up depending on the opposition. your opposition obviously should always be taken into account but when your line-up is made up primarily to see how you can contain your opposition and then your second thought is what our team does then you are basically going for a draw, but with a bit of luck a win. with the attacking talent we have at our disposal we should be playing on our terms in every single game, not the oppositions. we should be playing our best players in every single game, and squad rotation should only happen depending on upcoming games and fitness levels/injuries. but, i wouldnt be surprised if we dont see a front 4 involving januzaj, mata, rooney and rvp more then 5 times between now and the end of the season.

    -we have alot of deadwood in our team. the players i have in mind are capable of proving me wrong but they dont seem to even want to. moyes needs to firstly choose his formation going forwards and style of play before he does a squad overhaul, but if our style of play will be what it has been up till now then he should not be in charge of a squad overhaul.

    i worry about how we are being set up to play. moyes is showing with some of his substitutions that he does want all out attacking play, but i dont think him and his team will be able to deliver it as consistently as fergie. to put it into perspective we have david moyes (ex centre back), phil neville (ex fullback), steve round (ex full back) and jimmy lumsden (ex midfielder) that are entirely in charge of our matchday set up and our style of play. thats a worrying fact, as payers these guys knew how to try to stop attacking players, they didnt know how to play like them. moyes needs to bring in some variety to his coaching staff if he wants to improve us on the pitch

    on the other hand, my ‘good points’ to take from this season

    -the rise of januzaj
    -rooney back to nearly being his best
    -urmm, this is awkward :/

  32. Redfrog says:

    @Slim. Sorry mate, my mistake. i don’t know where I get this stay positive from.
    I agree that Welbeck has been better this year in terms of goal even if still frustrating by time. He will improve. I believe in him.
    Concerning our players, I won’t get ride of any of the young ones. Even Cleverley, who is constantly bashed, can do the job if used properly.
    2 starters at midfield are a must for me. One in a Scholes mould who could dictate the tempo and scores some goals is a must as wall as one more defensively minded but still very good with the ball and with some goals in him, more box to box. with a very good winger and a left back at least with a center back. That is 5 players for me and a lot of money to spend.

  33. Dan Young says:

    redfrog – i think ole will be the next long term united manager. the other day in the 36th minute he brought whittingham (a important player for cardiff) and brought zaha on. he spotted a weakness in norwich and did a big call to change the game. and it did, zaha had a blinder and cardiff won 2-0. not only that hes also happy to play some youth players aswell.

    from what i have seen of ole and his matchday set-up it reminds me of sir alex but a bit more of a modern day version. give ole the weapons he needs after 2 years at cardiff and he will be a success here

    like lineker said ‘the best job in football is the one after the one after sir alex’

    -BUT, moyes is capable of being a success, he just needs to move with the times and bring in the staff he desperately needs. lets hope he is open to that

    tommy – well said, are you the ‘tommy’ that posts on thepeoplesperson?

  34. Dan Young says:

    gary – im glad you feel better after getting that off your chest. i’d like to take this time to mention how ironic it is that you support a team known as ‘the red devils’ haha

  35. Tommy says:

    @Dan Young

    Yes, mate, theyve change all the comments section on their, I used to get e mails from them but thats all changed in that last day or so, You still get planks on their as well just a fan and dragon being 2 examples

  36. Tommy says:

    A bit of lighthearted banter, When Liverpool last won the league, Blackberry, Apple and Orange were things you found in a greengrocer and not a phone shop. haha

  37. Redfrog says:

    @Dan young. My biggest worry with Moyes when appointed was that he doesn’t seem attacking minded. He had a solid team but not an exiting one : stoping opposition but not playing their own game. The fact he was a defender say a bit about that. And I even didn’t know his staff were all defensive minded too.

    That is why I think Ole can be an excellent manager for us : former striker with United never die attitude and tactical awareness . His first game at Cardiff against Newcastle, he was loosing then makes two sub and scored two goals (one from a sub for sure) and win the game. While I don’t know why he went to Cardiff as it won’t be easy to stay up in the league and it can be see as a failure while it won’t be his fault. We will see about that. Ole is pure class for me.

  38. Dan Young says:

    tommy – more banter/facts. when liverpool next win the league we will be using spaceships rather then cars

    as for the peoplesperson. i havnt made a profile on there yet. its good for articles cause they upload alot daily but its got a few bellends on there aswell so tend to keep clear a bit

  39. sir matt martin says:

    Dan Young says:

    redfrog – i think ole will be the
    next long term united manager.
    the other day in the 36th minute
    he brought whittingham (a
    important player for cardiff) and
    brought zaha on. he spotted a
    weakness in norwich and did a big call to change the game.

    @Dan
    No i think moyez should be giving Another 20 years in charge of United.. Talkin about not havin clue..SMH..UBF.

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