Man United skipper Nemanja Vidic says farewell to Old Trafford; Giggs undecided on future

May 07, 2014, 13:07 IST | AFP

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic made his last home appearance, and there was also a late cameo from United great Ryan Giggs that may have been a farewell as United beat Hull 3-1 at Old Trafford.

Manchester: Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic made his last home appearance, and there was also a late cameo from United great Ryan Giggs that may have been a farewell as teenage debutant James Wilson scored twice to help United to a 3-1 win at home to Hull City on Tuesday.

Nemanja Vidic
Nemanja Vidic poses with a United Mascot. Pic / AFP

Vidic will join Inter Milan on a free transfer after United's last game at Southampton on Sunday, while 40-year-old Giggs, currently the interim manager, will shortly be out of contract.

In an on-pitch address after the final whistle, Giggs told the crowd: "We know it's been tough this season and over the years we've been spoilt with the success we've had, but you've always supported the team and the staff and I'm sure in the coming years we'll bring you more success.

"You've seen a little glimpse of the future. We always play attractive football. Keep supporting us, and the good times will come back soon."

For the last home game of his interim role, ahead of the anticipated appointment of Louis van Gaal, Giggs gave a nod to the club's traditions by picking both Wilson and 20-year-old Tom Lawrence.

Wilson scored once in each half, with substitute Robin van Persie adding a late third after Matty Fryatt had replied for FA Cup finalists Hull.

A Europa League place remains an unlikely target for United, who need to beat Southampton and hope Tottenham Hotspur lose to Aston Villa, but they at least signed off with a positive home result after a wretched campaign.

In his own post-game speech, Vidic said: "I had so many great times here. It is hard to speak because of the emotions.

"Most importantly, I would like to thank the players, the manager and all the coaches. Thank you for everything and especially to the fans. You have been fantastic to me all these years."

Giggs undecided
Ryan Giggs says he is still to decide about his Manchester United future despite making what appeared to be a farewell appearance in a 3-1 win over Hull City.

Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs during the game against Hull. Pic / AFP

Giggs, the club's current interim manager, sent himself on as a 70th-minute substitute in Tuesday's Premier League game at Old Trafford, which was United's last home fixture of the campaign.

The 40-year-old midfielder's contract is due to expire at the end of the season, but he made no mention of his future in a post-match address to the crowd.

Speaking to journalists afterwards, he explained that he had not reached a decision about whether to hang up his boots after a 23-year United career in which he has made a record 963 appearances for the club.

"I've not decided yet," he said. "Nothing has changed. I'll wait until the season has finished and then get a holiday and think about it in the next couple of weeks."

On Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra, whose contracts are also due to expire but who did not feature against Hull, Giggs added: "It is not as if they are young players and they are up in the air.

"If they carry on, they carry on; if they leave, they leave. New players are going to come in anyway, whether they stay or go.

"It is up in the air, but in the next couple of weeks, I think it will get sorted for the three of us."

Giggs was also cautious when asked to provide an update on the club's search for a permanent successor to David Moyes, who was sacked last month after only 10 months as manager.

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