Ex-United star Vidic forced into retirement

Date published: Friday 29th January 2016 1:35

Nemanja Vidic Manchester United

Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has announced his retirement in a statement to his old club’s official website.

Vidic spent eight and a half seasons at Old Trafford after joining from Spartak Moscow in January 2006. The centre-half went on to captain the club and won five Premier League titles, three League Cups and the Champions League before leaving for Inter Milan in 2014.

The 34-year-old struggled for fitness after moving to Italy, making only 23 appearances last term and none this season. Vidic was linked with a move to MLS but injuries have forced the former Serbia star to retire.

“The time has come for me to hang up my boots,” he told manutd.com. “The injuries I have had in the last few years have taken their toll.

“I would like to thank all the players I have played with, all the managers and staff I have worked with, and say a big ‘thank you’ to the fans for their support over the years.”

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