Many who are connected with Manchester United may fear the day that Sir Alex Ferguson decides to call time on his managerial career and club captain Nemanja Vidic accepts that United will face a tough challenge in replacing him. The Serbian defender also believes that the fans and players will get behind whoever the new manager is and give him what he needs to be a success.
Many believe this could be Ferguson's last season in charge but the Scot has not offered many hints on when he will retire. Ferguson, who has recently just turned 71 years old, has had a remarkable and highly successful 26 seasons with the Red Devils. Vidic highlighted the stability that Ferguson has brought to the team as well as the many successes and Vidic hopes whoever the new manager is will continue in Ferguson's footsteps.
Speaking to Four Four Two magazine, Vidic said, "It is tough to say, the way the club is built is on stability, some of [the players] have been with Ferguson for 10 years. We still want to keep stability. It will be a tough place to be and it will be a big challenge for the club and for the [new] manager to sit in that chair, but he will have support from the club and the fans and [we will] give him all he needs to do well."
Given the size of United in world football, only the biggest names in management have been mentioned so far with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho thought to be the two preferred front-runners. No doubt Ferguson himself will have a major say in who takes over but Vidic insists that the players themselves have no idea who the manager will be or even when Ferguson plans on retiring. United's decision will be based on who they believe will not only deliver the club huge success but also provide longevity, much the same as Ferguson has had with the club.
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