Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has revealed his desire to move into coaching after retiring from the game at the young age of 34.
The Serbian retired in January this year following an injury plagued spell with Serie A side Inter Milan.
Speaking to MUTV, Vidic admitted: “It wasn’t like it just came to me and I said I didn’t want to play football anymore. It was down to a lot of injuries I had in recent years. That’s one of the reasons I left United because I felt I could no longer perform at the level I wanted to perform at in the league I played in for so many years.
“It was a difficult decision in terms of knowing I’d played football all my life and I’m still only 34, but I knew my back couldn’t handle it.
“I believe my back can handle the bench though!” he laughed. “I would like to be a manager. That’s what I started preparing myself for a few years back. I would like to learn and visit some good managers and coaches and make the best of that for the next couple of years and after that try to find a club and start my new career.”
Vidic says he is happy with the “good signs” shown by United’s emerging youngsters this season and believes that they have the potential to inspire a new era at the club.
“United are going through a transition but we hope there are good signs with the young players who have come through the Academy. It could be the start of a new era for Manchester United,” he stated.
“We see Jesse Lingard, [Anthony] Martial, [Marcus] Rashford – they’re players with ability, energy, speed and determination to work hard and that’s what Manchester United has always been about in recent years.
“I believe that new players who come to the club like Martial have adapted to this kind of mentality and with his ability he can be important for us.”
Manchester United continues their Champions League place hunt with a trip to premier league title chasers Tottenham Hotspurs on Sunday.