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Nemanja Vidic will remain Manchester United captain, despite announcing he will leave in the summer

David Moyes trusts the defender will retain his focus

Nemanja Vidic will remain the captain of Manchester United, despite announcing last night that he would leave the club at the end of the season.

David Moyes said in today's press conference ahead Sunday's game against Fulham: "He is captain and it will remain that way until the end of the season."

Moyes, who today confirmed he will continue to play the 32-year-old, said Vidic will not lose his focus despite the Serbian being destined for a move abroad, probably to Inter Milan.

"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."

The confirmation that Vidic would leave came as something as a surprise, despite much speculation, but Moyes said it was a decision that was agreed on all sides.


"It was something that we all mutually agreed together," the United boss said. "I think it was the right decision for club and player."

Explaining the decision further, Moyes 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 cant 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."

Wayne Rooney has quickly emerged as the favourite to take the armband once it is vacated by Vidic.

United play at home against Fulham in the 4pm kick-off on Sunday.