Speculation continues to loom over whether Rooney, who has only made one Premier League start in 2017, will remain at the club beyond this summer, with some reports pointing towards a potential move to boyhood club Everton.
Uncertainty also encircles Carrick’s predicament at Old Trafford: the 35-year-old, after impressing Mourinho this season, has been reportedly offered another extension on his existing contract, but whether he will be able to continue for another year remains to be seen.
And Vidic, speaking to ManUtd.com, insisted that Man United players could learn a thing or two from his former teammates while they still can.
“When I look at the squad I like to think more about the players who have been there many years,” he said.
“Michael Carrick is a good character, a good example and very professional. He always puts the team in front of his individual game and it is important to have these players.
“Of course Wayne Rooney is not the player he was 10 years ago but that’s down to the many miles he has in his legs, but he can still produce some very good football. Those players who have been there for many years and won many trophies are players that you can still learn from. Those players have helped the others to settle.”
Rooney and Carrick serve as the last remaining relics of what many consider to be Sir Alex Ferguson‘s last great United team – the one that romped to domestic and continental success in 2008.
That indomitable spirit of grandeur and drive, seemingly consigned to history, still characterises their approach, even if it isn’t always on the pitch. They understand better than anybody what is demanded of the badge, how one should train and respond to set-backs, and such wisdom ought to be imbibed as much as possible for as long as the pair remain at Old Trafford.