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Manchester United could bring Nemanja Vidic back to the club to coach the U23s this season

Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic could return to the club as a coach for the U23s, according to reports which seem to come from Serbia. The Serbian central defender left the club for Inter Milan on the summer of 2014 and retired from the game in January 2016. He is considered as one of the best signings Sir Alex Ferguson ever made.

Whilst playing for United, Vidic won five Premier League titles, three League Cups, five FA Community Shields, one UEFA Champions League and on FIFA Club World Cup, making 300 appearances and scoring 21 goals. He was a rock in the heart of the defence and a player, who five years later, still needs to be replaced.

Serbian journalist Nebojsa Markovic posted on Twitter, information which came from Vidic’s friend and best man, Nenad Lalatovic. The U23s coach, Ricky Sbragia was sacked earlier in the summer and it had been reported that former U21 coach, Warren Joyce could be returning to the club but after a few weeks of that report, nothing seems to have happened. Markovic stated on Twitter, reported by The Mirror:

“He got an offer to coach Manchester United B. I told him that’s perfect for him if he wants to coach, but he hasn’t decided yet.

“I told him, ‘this is an ideal opportunity if you want to do it – to go back to England, you’ll take over tomorrow and Manchester, you have a great name there and I think that’s the right decision for you’.

“But he has not decided yet. I’m supporting him being [a] coach at Manchester United, as then there is a chance for him to take over the first team in the future.”

United will obviously need to get someone into position before the season starts as the U23 players will be starting to return to pre-season training soon in order to get ready for the new season, in which they will be expected to get out of Division 2 in the Premier League 2. Having a former player like Vidic in this role could be beneficial for the young lads coming through the ranks, not only the defenders either. The leadership the Vidic could evoke could be good for the future of the club as a whole.

The 37-year-old is a qualified coach and only last year graduated from the FA’s highest coaching qualification – The FA Level 5 (UEFA Pro) in Coaching Football course. He did this with United’s Academy director, Nicky Butt with many other former professional footballers such as James Beattie, David James, Warren Joyce, and Steven Reid, to name a few.

Back in March 2016, just over a month after announcing his retirement from the game, Vidic spoke to BBC Sport about a number of things, one of those was about becoming a manager. This was obviously before he got his UEFA Pro license but he confirmed that he started his coaching badges in 2012, whilst he was still playing for United. Vidic also spoke about managing United in the future, of which this could be the start of his development. The Serbian said:

“I started doing my badges four years ago. At the time I was playing for Manchester United and working with probably the best manager ever in Sir Alex Ferguson.

“He asked a lot from his players, but he believed in them. If he said something, I could see it in his eyes that he believed it. Even when I might not believe, he did. It was his greatest strength.

“I would like to try to be a manager in English football. It is a dream. If you ask any United player if they want to be manager one day, they will say ‘yes’, but I am a long way from that.”

Hopefully, something will develop on this as the U23s will need a coach to start the season. Allowing a former player, such as Vidic, to cut his teeth at this level would be good to see. As he has been studying for his future in the game, after retiring as a player, since 2012, and the fact that seven years have passed by, it is clear that he could have the knowledge which would need to be paired with experience, and this could be the opportunity for him to do that.

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