‘Decisive’ Man United beat arch-rivals to sign me – Vidic

Date published: Tuesday 2nd August 2016 7:01

Nemanja Vidic: Former Manchester United captain

Former Manchester United great Nemanja Vidic has revealed he was close to joining bitter rivals Liverpool before moving to Old Trafford.

The Serbian was Anfield-bound in 2006 until Sir Alex Ferguson stepped in to swing the deal in the Red Devils’ favour.

Yes [I nearly joined Liverpool]. Rafa Benitez called me and I nearly went there,” Vidic told FourFourTwo.

“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.”

Vidic also revealed ambitions of being a manager, but wants to learn his trade before taking his first full step.

“I would like to be a manager, but only if I had the opportunity first to be a coach and learn from someone for maybe one or two years,” he added.

“I would take the experiences I had of the managers I’ve worked under.

“Nemanja the manager won’t be the same Nemanja that you saw on the pitch. They are two completely different roles.”

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