Nemanja Vidic Dodo Inter Milan
Nemanja Vidic (L) is reportedly set for a return to Manchester UnitedReuters

Manchester United are set to solve their "we need a strong, experienced defender" problem by re-signing their former skipper Nemanja Vidic from Inter Milan.

Vidic has not had the greatest of times since joining Inter on a free transfer last summer after his contract with Manchester United expired.

That led to reports suggesting Manchester United might be interested in re-signing the Serbian, who in his pomp was the best centre-back in the English Premier League.

With Manchester United needing an experienced defender just to marshal that back four better and Vidic reportedly looking for a way out, it seemed like a match made in heaven, and now it looks like becoming reality as well.

Louis Van Gaal has reportedly held talks with Inter Milan over a potential transfer back to Manchester United for Vidic, and a deal has been agreed, according to the Daily Star.

If the transfer does become reality, it will certainly be an interesting one as well as popular considering the high esteem in which Vidic is held in by the Manchester United fans.

The only issue will be the injury problems that Vidic has gone through over the past few years in a Manchester shirt, because the last thing Van Gaal needs is another injury-prone defender, having already seen his players suffer over 40 injuries this season.

But, Vidic will be a good addition – a short-term solution for Van Gaal as he moulds his team together, and instils some more confidence in the younger defenders, and as Manchester United have shown over the past five games or so, they are improving, with those results being grinded out even when they have not been at their best.

Vidic will also command the natural respect in the Manchester United dressing room, and can organise the back-four a lot better, especially in the crunch situations.

Van Gaal, though, has said he will not look to solve Manchester United's defensive worries by signing a new player in the January transfer window, insisting he has the resources to manage until the end of the season.

"When you have injuries you cannot solve the problem otherwise," he said. "Do we have to buy players? No. We have more than enough."

However, a cut-price deal, maybe even a free transfer, for Vidic will certainly suit Van Gaal, who can then look at more longer-term options, like a Mats Hummels or Diego Godin in the summer transfer window, knowing full well Vidic can more than fit in for the rest of the season, at least.