Manchester United should cash in on Vidic, say readers

We exclusively revealed that the Red Devils could be tempted to accept an offer from Anzhi Makhachkala for the defender and voters believe Sir Alex Ferguson should take the money
Manchester United should cash in on a potentially lucrative offer for Nemanja Vidic from Anzhi Makhachkala, according to readers.

58.37 per cent of readers who voted in our poll think that Sir Alex Ferguson should take the money for the 30-year-old if it is forthcoming, despite the hole that would be left in the defence of the 19-time league champions.

Vidic was integral as United won the Champions League in 2008 but has been dogged by injuries in the past two seasons, seeing his 2011-12 campaign cut short by a serious knee problem.

Those issues have persisted and, despite making a full recovery, he has now been ruled out with a fresh knee injury until the end of November.

A considerable 41.63% of voters believe that United should hang on to Vidic, however, as they undergo an overhaul of the back four.

Rio Ferdinand has similarly been troubled by injury but fitness issues have also curtailed the progression of the likes of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, earmarked as the club's long-term options at centre-back.

The sale of Vidic could, therefore, leave Ferguson with even fewer choices in a position in which Michael Carrick has had to fill in this season.

Reader Mo Wright was staunch in his support of the captain, posting: "Never would I sell Vidic, he has been such an imposing figure infront of the goalkeeper and a great captain, I don't care if it's ~£30m, I'd rather him in a Man Utd shirt for the rest of his career."

Matthew, meanwhile, would only approve of a potential sale if the money was reinvested in the first team squad. "IF we get 30mil+ and will spend that on 1/2 top class defenders and a midfielder then yes," he said. "Otherwise no in any circumstances."