Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic bid his farewell to the club today, claiming that his ‘heart will always be at this club’.
The Serbian centre-half will bring the curtain down on his glittering nine-season stint with current English champions in the summer. And Vidic admits he does now know what emotions he will experience while completing a lap of honour after his final match as a Manchester United player at Old Trafford tonight.
Vidic has already signed for Italian giants Inter Milan as a free agent and he will be opening a new chapter of his professional career in 2014/15.
Vidic, however, claimed that he will be forever grateful to United for offering him an opportunity to grace the very top of the game and land 10 major honours – including five Premier League titles
“You never know what is going to happen with your emotions,” Nemanja said to the night edition of United Review, the matchday programme. “You can try to predict but I wasn’t emotional before and I haven’t cried yet! We will see what happens after the last game. It is going to be sad but my heart will always remain at this club.”
“As we didn’t do well this season, that walk around Old Trafford won’t be the same after many years where we have always been celebrating something after the final game. Now, it has become a chance to thank the fans for supporting us this year. I think this is definitely the least that we can do.”
“We must perform in these last games to give them something to look forward to next season and to believe this team can win again. That is what the players are thinking about now – to try to put on good performances and build on that next season.”
Vidic become very emotional when asked about his feelings about the United fans. He said: “Thank you for all the support you have given me over the years. I know I will be supporting the club in the future. Hopefully we can win as many trophies as we did in my eight years over the next eight years.”
United are yet to announce a permanent successor to David Moyes and Vidic says that it is entirely a clubs decision and he do not want to interfere in it.
And when asked on whether the current boss Ryan Giggs could be offered the post now, amid ongoing speculation of an imminent appointment for Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, Vidic said: “It’s hard to say. That is up to the board to decide. But I have to say that for Ryan, it has been really good to work with him in the last few days.
“I think he has a talent to be a manager, and to be a good manager. If he doesn’t succeed this time, I think in the future he should be considered as a manager of this club.”