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Manchester United’s old guard is gone

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United have lost a core of players in Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra this summer as they have all either retired, or left for pastures new.

Between them, they made 2,907 appearances and won 80 medals collectively during their time at Old Trafford, epitomising everything about what the club stood for.

Their absence has left a gaping hole in the dressing room, something which will require new leaders to step in and fill the void.

Some players have already been signed to help bridge the gap; Luke Shaw has come in to replace Patrice Evra whilst Ander Herrera looks like he is set to fill a hole which has been left gaping since the first retirement of Paul Scholes. However, there are certain things that replacements simply can’t replace and that is certainly the case with the four legends that won’t be playing for United again.

It was strange to see Vidic lining up against United midweek in an Inter Milan shirt and it will be a similar feeling when United play QPR in the Premier League, given how much they gave to the shirt in their time at the club.

As is always the case with football, players leave and clubs move on and the club is now embarking on a new era with fresh faces all around, hopefully ready to repeat the success that those four players enjoyed so much under Sir Alex Ferguson.

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