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Manchester United Legend Nemanja Vidic Retires, Twitter Reacts

Joe Gallagher@joesgallagherFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2016

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic (C) lifts the English Premier League trophy after their match against Blackpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on May 22, 2011. United celebrated winning the league for a 19th time beating Liverpool's long standing record. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISFOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY Additional licence required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football League photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic announced his retirement from football on Friday, two weeks after terminating his contract with Inter Milan in Serie A.

B/R Football @brfootball

Breaking news: Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic has announced his retirement from football #mufc https://t.co/tcffeJd04K

The Serb represented the Red Devils 300 times between 2006 and 2014, winning five Premier League titles and a UEFA Champions League along the way.

B/R Football @brfootball

Nemanja Vidic at #MUFC Premier League: πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ† League Cup: πŸ†πŸ†πŸ† Community Shield: πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ† Champions League: πŸ† https://t.co/p0BJCHyZ6O

In a statement released on United's official website, Vidic said:

The time has come for me to hang up my boots. 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.

The footballing community was quick to pay tribute to the 34-year-old:

Premier League @premierleague

Nemanja Vidic in #BPL numbers: 211 matches 149 matches won 95 clean sheets 2 player of the season awards 5 titles https://t.co/N086ZTs39Z

Danny Higginbotham @Higginbotham05

Vidic retires. What a player he was. Him and Ferdinand without question one of best centre back partnerships ever to play in this country

Manchester United @ManUtd

Former #mufc defender Nemanja Vidic has announced his retirement from football. Thanks for the memories! #VivaVidic https://t.co/G4sbdsjj1m

Samuel Luckhurst @samuelluckhurst

Vidic one of the last great bargain Fergie buys. Improved not just Ferdinand but #mufc defence. Helped he rejected Liverpool, too.

Ashley Young @youngy18

Played alongside and against him... what a player! One of the greats! #VivaVidic #Legend https://t.co/M57o4nkLFf

As were his fans:

Γ–kiki @Okiki_007

Happy retirement Nemanja Vidic Best defender I never watched at United

Man Utd Photos @ManUtdLens

#mufc legend Nemanja Vidic has announced his retirement from football. All the best and thank you for everything! https://t.co/qDEgJzOFWH

Declan Cowan @CowanDeclan

Vidic was the best CB in the world in his time what a player

There was the occasional joke about why he might have picked now as a good time to call it quits...

B/R Football @brfootball

#ThatMomentWhen you are linked with Aston Villa #Vidic https://t.co/WZAn9TLQgu

mark @markyh1967

When I heard Vidic had retired from football I thought he'd signed for Aston Villa

...though most chose to remember his iconic partnership with former England international Rio Ferdinand.

UEFA Champions League @ChampionsLeague

Vidic and Rio: How good was this CB pairing? #UCL https://t.co/aT7N81FG5K

Red Devil Chronicle @wefollowunited

Vidic & Rio were the best Premier League defensive partnership ever in my opinion, nothing close to them.

Fred The Red @redfreddevil

As much as Smalling has developed in the past year, Jones and Smalling are merely a shadow on the partnership of Rio & Vidic

There was plenty of reminiscing about Vidic's best days in a United shirt.

Ramesh Kumaar @RameshK1902

@ManUtd THAT TACKLE on Kyle Walker πŸ‘ŠπŸ’ͺ #VivaVidic

Sugam Gautam @sugamgautam11

@ManUtd The goal which he scored against Chelsea in title winning match in 2010-11 season #VivaVidic #legend #GGMU

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@ManUtd That Vidic goal vs Bayern at OT still gives me goosebumps #VivaVidic

Bunyamin Ahmed πŸ‡ΎπŸ‡ͺ @BenUtd_

@ManUtd That late late late winner against Sunderland! Absolute legend!! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘πŸΌβš½οΈ #VivaVidic

And many wondered what Louis van Gaal would do to have a leader like Vidic in his side today.

John Brewin @JohnBrewin_

Vidic the type of leader Manchester United need right now. Mind you, Louis van Gaal would have him playing on the right wing.

Ashley @Ash_DC_

Van Gaal needs a player like Vidic in his defence, if we can get Vidic as a coach for our defenders that would do a world of good! #MUFC

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