Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has spoken of his desire to become a manager after admitting the time was right for him to retire as a player earlier this year.
The Serbian reflected on his life after football during an exclusive interview with MUTV and talked about his hopes to take on a new challenge. He also discussed the "good signs" he's seen from United's emerging youngsters this season and how they have the potential to inspire a new era at the club.
Speaking about his decision to retire in January, Vidic admitted: "It wasnít like it just came to me and I said I didnít want to play football any more. It was down to a lot of injuries I had in recent years. Thatís one of the reasons I left United because I felt I could no longer perform at the level I wanted to perform at in the league I played in for so many years.
"It was a difficult decision in terms of knowing Iíd played football all my life and Iím still only 34, but I knew my back couldnít handle it.
"I believe my back can handle the bench though!" he laughed. "I would like to be a manager. Thatís what I started preparing myself for a few years back. I would like to learn and visit some good managers and coaches and make the best of that for the next couple of years and after that try to find a club and start my new career."
As for the current Reds and in particular the young players who have caught the eye this term, Vidic assessed: "United are going through a transition but we hope there are good signs with the young players who have come through the Academy. It could be the start of a new era for Manchester United.
"We see Jesse Lingard, [Anthony] Martial, [Marcus] Rashford Ė theyíre players with ability, energy, speed and determination to work hard and thatís what Manchester United has always been about in recent years.
"I believe that new players who come to the club like Martial have adapted to this kind of mentality and with his ability he can be important for us."