Manchester United’s game against Hull City bears no signifance in terms of the result but the occasion could be memorable for other reasons.
Tonight is the last time that captain Nemanja Vidic will walk out at Old Trafford as a United player and it could also be the last appearance for Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Ryan Giggs.
Between them, they have racked up over 2,000 games in a United shirt and won 77 honours. Players of their ilk don’t come around very often, especially Giggs who has got to go down as one of United’s greatest ever.
Individually, Giggs has 962 appearances and won 34 honours. That’s more appearances and honours than Ferdinand and Evra combined. He’s our most decorated player ever and a living legend.
Is tonight the last time he’ll walk out as a United player? He’s hinted that he’ll play himself and it would be a fitting way if he can end his career by maintaining his record of scoring in every Premier League season, even if the occasion didn’t match.
Vidic’s exit to Inter Milan is already confirmed and there have been few better centre backs at United. He was only two years away from earning a testimonial too.
Ferdinand is still a United player but his exit looks likely in the summer too. Last year, Ferdinand was superb in our title winning season and he is certainly one of our best ever centre backs.
Was Ferdinand and Vidic United’s greatest ever defensive partnership? Plenty of United fans would say so.
As for Evra, he gets United more than most and it will be a sad day when he leaves. Like Ferdinand, there’s no guarantee that tonight is his last Old Trafford appearance but the signs indicate it may well be.
Last season, there was a seismic shift in management when Sir Alex Ferguson retired as manager of United and this summer, it looks very much like that seismic shift will happen again but this time with United’s squad.