Man Utd legend almost had Old Trafford move derailed by fellow PL club

Date published: Wednesday 18th September 2019 5:53 - Steve Pearson


Ex Wales boss Chris Coleman has sensationally revealed how he tried to sideswipe Man Utd’s move for club legend Nemanja Vidic while boss of the Cottagers in 2006.

Vidic signed with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in January of 2006 and went on to form perhaps the Premier League’s greatest ever centre-back pairing with England international Rio Ferdinand.

The Red Devils secured the signature of the imposing Serbain for just £7 million – a veritable bargain in hindsight.

But speaking to The Athletic (via The Sun), Chris Coleman has divulged that he tried desperately to persuade United’s chief scout to let Fulham sign the towering centre-half.

“We sold Saha for £13million and I got £500,000 to reinvest,” said Coleman.

“Vidic. I’d spoken to the agent and Mohamed Al Fayed was on board. He was sensational, only young but already a man.

“I knew Jim Lawlor, United’s chief scout, because we’d done our Pro Licence together out of Belfast. He’s a top boy.

“I said to him, ‘You can’t take him, he’s not ready for you, let him come to me for a few years, do well, then you can take him.’ He was laughing. ‘No we’re taking him now.’”

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Vidic spent nine trophy-laden years at Old Trafford, winning five Premier League titles in a spell that has  lead many to consider him as perhaps the greatest defender in the league’s history.

Meanwhile, a current Manchester United centre-back has put pen to paper on a new five-year deal with the Red Devils.


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