Vidic: All Man Utd players surprised by Silvestre's Arsenal move

Nemanja Vidic admits the Manchester United dressing room was surprised by Mikael Silvestre's move to Arsenal.

"It surprised me. In fact I think it has come as a surprise to everyone," he said. "It is not often a player leaves one big club to go to another like Arsenal or Liverpool. It does not tend to happen.

"But Mikael did not play much last year and I think he just wanted to go somewhere where he would, so in that sense I am happy for him."

Vidic has grown close to the former France international during his own two-and-a-half year stint.

And, while it was obvious Silvestre's first-team chances at United were strictly limited, Vidic believes the 31-year-old is still a class act.

"He has been here a long time and he still deserves to play at the highest level," said the Serbian.

"Mikael has given so much to this club. I am just surprised he is going to Arsenal. But he has made the choice."

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