It’s a case of ‘out with the old and in with the new’ at Old Trafford.
This transfer window has seen the departure of three of the longest serving players at Manchester United.
After the debacle of David Moyes, Manchester United fans are thanking their lucky stars that they begin the new season with a new manager – Louis van Gaal.
Following weeks of speculation regarding his future, French left back Patrice Evra has confirmed his departure from both Manchester United and the Premier League.
He joins Serie A after eight and a half years and 379 appearances for the club. He cost Juventus a modest fee of £1.2 million – arguably undersold!
United’s Serbian defender, Nemanja Vidic also parts company with the Red Devils after eight years.
He announced he would be leaving at the end of last season way back in March, and he joined Inter Milan this summer.
He has been prone to an injury or two during his time in Manchester -and saw quite a few cards – but along with Evra, he became one of the constant faces in the side.
One has to wonder just what Vidic would’ve done had he known Moyes would be out and Van Gaal would be in this summer, but as they say, hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Rio Ferdinand signed back in 2002 in that suit, yet after 12 years he moves on to pastures new.
He will be playing for Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers in a bid to keep them in the Premier League following their promotion. Cue hundreds of annoying tweets from Rio in the build up to the season!
Whilst some may argue these players were past their best, the wealth of experience they brought to the United side cannot be underestimated and it will be interesting to see how the young stars step up and perform now.
Manchester United fans. Do you think that the back four will be a better place without your departed trio? Let us know your thoughts below or tweet us @LaFootyettes.