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Moyes: Departing Vidic stays captain

ESPN staff
February 7, 2014
Vidic to leave United

David Moyes says that Nemanja Vidic will remain captain of Manchester United until the end of the season, after the defender announced he will be leaving the club when the campaign finishes.

After signing for United in 2006 for £7 million, Vidic is set to end his time at Old Trafford, and Moyes has said during his Friday press conference that Vidic will still wear the captain's armband to the conclusion of the 2013-14 season.

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On whether Vidic would lose focus, Moyes said: "Not somebody like Vida given his concentration, the type of man he is and the leader he is. He has been a great leader for the club, he has served the club brilliantly well and I would expect that to continue right until the end of the season."

Moyes also confirmed that he and Vidic reached a "mutual" agreement over the decision for the potential departure.

"Nemanja and I think it was the right decision for club and player," he said.

"I think people know that I have things in my mind that I want to do, what I want to change over time. I can't do it overnight, but that wasn't the reason for this. This is a decision which has been mutually decided together. He felt it was the right time for him so we will get on with it and we will move on."

Meanwhile, United have suffered a double injury blow with Marouane Fellaini ruled out for another week and Jonny Evans sitting out Sunday's game against Fulham.

Evans, who picked up a calf problem in the opening minutes of Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Stoke, is sidelined but his central-defensive partner Phil Jones, who came off at the Britannia Stadium with concussion, will be fit to face Rene Meulensteen's side.

Midfielder Fellaini, who has not played since December's defeat to his former club Everton because of a back injury and wrist surgery, sustained a groin problem in training and will also miss Wednesday's trip to Arsenal.

Moyes said: "Marouane picked up a groin injury in training which will probably rule him out for another week possibly. His wrist injury is much improved, but he just felt his groin after training one day this week. We'll keep an eye on him for a few days.

"Jonny Evans isn't available but there is a good chance Jones could make it. He has trained today [Friday] and we'll see how he is."

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