Ferdinand: Man Utd may regret Vidic exit

Rio Ferdinand has suggested Manchester United will rue not tying down Nemanja Vidic to a long-term deal, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Vidic is to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season and has agreed a switch to Serie A side Inter. The former Serbia international has been at United since 2006, moving to the club from Spartak Moscow and making almost 300 appearances.

Ferdinand has confirmed Vidic’s departure to that of Jaap Stam in 2001. “Only time will tell if Manchester United regret allowing Nemanja to leave,” Ferdinand said. “Obviously, Jaap Stam played on for quite a few years at a good level after he left United and the same thing could happen with Nemanja. He’s a great player and it’s a shame he had to leave.”

Stam was allowed to leave for Lazio after two-and-a-half years at United and played on for another six years, representing Milan and Ajax after leaving Rome.

Ferdinand’s future is also in doubt as his contract comes to an end this summer. But the former England man said United can’t make a move to extend his deal until the club has a new manager, with Ryan Giggs’ interim tenure coming to an end and Louis van Gaal not yet confirmed in the post.

“The club, at the moment, is in a position where they can’t really make any decisions about anything,” Ferdinand acknowledged. “For me to be saying I want to do this or that is irrelevant. We’ve got to see who becomes the new manager and boxes will be ticked from there.”

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