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Name Nemanja Vidic
Gender Male
Ethnic Serbian
Job Serbian Footballer
Desc Struggled slightly after his £7m move from Spartak Moscow, before forming the best centre-back partnership in the history of the Premier League with Rio Ferdinand. Freakishly strong and hardly ever beaten in the air, Vidic was also an important goalscorer, memorably scoring five times as United won the 2010/11 title. Eventually left in 2014 for Internazionale; were it not for injuries he would have remained at Old Trafford for even longer


Org Serbia National Team
Club as Player Inter Milan
  Manchester United
  Spartak Moscow

2015 02 21 Retrieve

[Inter Milan’s Nemanja Vidic picks his favourite stadium] I have played in some really tough places in terms of the noise and the passion the fans create. Every game I have played in Turkey stands out for passion created by the fans. But the best has been at Celtic Park

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[on Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic’s Partnership] We have played for seven years together and we have had so much success. We understood each other from the first day. Sometimes you understand a player and see the game in the same way; if you have a player who likes to play a different way, sometimes it is difficult to play well together

2016 08 05 Retrieve

[Nemanja Vidic tells he nearly signed for Liverpool before choosing Manchester United] Rafa Benitez [then Liverpool manager] called me and I nearly went there. I was interested in going but my English wasn’t good and I was struggling to communicate. Then Manchester United came. Fergie called me at my apartment and said: ‘I watched you play for Serbia against France – I want you here’. United were decisive. Everything was done very quickly, within two days

2018 02 08 Retrieve

[Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic to attend two-day conference in Mumbai] It is clearly an exciting time for football in India at the moment. As a professional footballer, I saw firsthand not just the passion for the Premier League but also how football can positively impact communities around the world. I am looking forward to bringing some of my own Premier League experiences to the Football Movement conference next week

2018 03 10 Retrieve

[Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic believes the Red Devils can win the Champions League this season] It’s Man United. I know the Premier League is bigger, but I think the Champions League could happen. When the season started, I said that I thought United had more chance to win the Champions League than the Premier League because the players they signed didn’t have the time to fit in. Also, Mourinho is a tactical coach, knows Europe very well. He knows there are going to be scrappy games and how to get through them. That’s my belief. To win, you need a bit of luck, but there is a chance to get to the semi-final or final. You never know. And if you win a Champions League, the players start to believe. They think: ‘OK, speak about me now.’ Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, they will look different than now.

[former Serbia international and United favourite Vidic again spoke about how he almost joined Liverpool before moving to Manchester in 2006] In Rafael Benitez’s time. I spoke to him about a few things, but my wife was the main one who spoke to him. He was interested in signing me, but I don’t know what was the problem at the time. I spoke to him before I signed for Manchester United, though. I didn’t meet, but we spoke over the phone, in my car in Moscow, with my wife translating

I didn’t say no. They said just that they were interested, they want me. It was going to happen, going to happen. Then someone came and said: ‘Do you want to play for United?’ and I said yes. After two days, everything was done. Then Liverpool said they wanted to do the deal, but everything was done

2018 11 12 Retrieve

[Vidic puts himself forward to take charge at Man Utd] To be honest, in the future I would like to be the manager. I would like to think that I know things. For me to criticise Jose Mourinho, as someone who may be in the future can become the manager, is not fair

It’s not the Manchester we are used to watching. It’s Mourinho’s Manchester and, when he came to Manchester, you have to accept that he is the manager who is going to play this kind of football. It is the kind of football he played at Inter, at Chelsea more or less, and [Real] Madrid maybe it was more open. At the end of the day, that’s Mourinho’s football

2020 03 05 Retrieve

[Vidic suggests alternative to Alderweireld as Man Utd transfer priority] Of course, I would like to see him there. But I think the club has to have a priority. What I see is, if you want to be in the Champions League next season and challenge for the Premier League, you have to strengthen the midfield. You need that depth in the midfield area. In defence they already have five players, so they can rotate, and it seems like they’re doing well. Man United need a midfielder to go box-to-box. There has been a lot of criticism for the defenders but if they are compared to other Premier League teams, Manchester United are not that bad

[Vidic said of Alexis Sanchez] We have to wait to see who will be the manager. The way he is at the moment, I don’t think Ole will have him for next season. But he’s a top player