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Manchester United '08 XI's Nemanja Vidic celebrates scoring their first goalReuters

Manchester United fans desperately want Nemanja Vidic back at the club for the 2017-18 season and Jose Mourinho has been ordered to get it done soon. Neither Victor Lindelof nor Ezequiel Garay, Man Utd does need a solid central defender this season as the UEFA Champions League nights are back.

Look no further, get Vidic back, say the Manchester United fans in unison.

It was vintage Vidic during the Michael Carrick Testimonial match on Sunday, June 4 as the Sir Alex Ferguson-managed Manchester United's 2008 XI drew 2-2 against an All-Stars XI side. 

The former Serbian international, who is regarded as one of the greatest central defenders to have played for Manchester United, turned back the clock by making crunching sliding tackles during the match and also getting on the scoresheet via a bullet of a header from a Ryan Giggs cross.

It was a complete deja-vu moment and Vidic's goal did send chills down the spines of United fans.

From Vidic-Rio to Vidic-Bailly

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The 35-year-old Serbian retired from club football in January 2016 after his contract was mutually terminated with Inter Milan. 35, as we can think of, is still an early age of retirement for a defender. Judging by his performance, he can easily play one more season.

In comparison with the likes of Paolo Maldini, who played for AC Milan until 40, and John Terry, who is still an active player at 36, there is no reason why Vidic cannot return to playing. He is in a good shape as well.

The five-time Premier League winner with Manchester United forged a formidable and unbreakable partnership with Rio Ferdinand at the heart of defence back in the late 2000s. Their partnership is still regarded as the greatest defensive pair in the English Premier League history.

That was under Sir Alex.

Under Jose Mourinho, Eric Bailly is definitely turning out to be the defender of the future for Manchester United. However, what he lacks at the moment is a partner with experience. Chris Smalling can do the job, but to build that unbreakable bond that Vidic and Rio once had, none but Vidic remains the perfect to partner Bailly at the back.

Bailly, at 23, looks full of strength and is also highly agile, often drawing comparisons with Rio Ferdinand or Vidic. 

A Premier League title is definitely what Bailly needs the most now to start writing his legacy at Old Trafford. But for that, he needs a partner who can make him stronger and ease the pressure off him. There's no one better but Vidic who can foot the bill.

Off to Jose Mourinho for the next course of action!