Nemanja Vidic is a Manchester United hero; his song still chanted by the Old Trafford faithful two years after he left the Red Devils for Inter Milan.
However, the United fans would have had a very different opinion of Vidic had the Serbian defender made a slightly different career choice prior to his move from Spartak Moscow in 2006.
Vidic was contacted by the then-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, who wanted to bring the centre-back to Anfield.
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However, Vidic - in an interview with FourFourTwo in their latest edition - has explained why the move to Liverpool failed to materialise.
And also how Sir Alex Ferguson convinced him to join his team instead.
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Vidic: I nearly joined Liverpool
“Yes. Rafa Benitez called me and I nearly went there,” Vidic said. “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 was a superb signing
Vidic proved to be one of the best signings of Ferguson’s 26-year tenure.
The Serbian was instrumental in helping the Red Devils win five Premier League titles, three League Cups, the Club World Cup and the Champions League in 2008.
He also scored 21 goals in 300 appearances for the English giants.
Vidic flopped at Inter Milan - then retired
Vidic, disillusioned with life under Ferguson’s successor David Moyes, announced his decision to leave Old Trafford halfway through the 2013-14 campaign.
He went on to join Inter Milan, where he struggled for 18 months before announcing his retirement from football back in January of this year.
"The time has come for me to hang up my boots," Vidic told United’s official website. "The injuries I have had in the last few years have taken their toll.
"I would like to thank all the players I have played with, all the managers and staff I have worked with, and say a big 'thank you' to the fans for their support over the years."
Vidic linked with Liverpool again in 2015
Vidic was linked with a loan move to Liverpool in 2015, but after representing United for eight years, there was never any chance of him destroying his reputation as a Red Devils’ icon for the sake of one last pay day at Anfield.
Would Liverpool have won the Premier League title during Rafa Benitez’s spell with Nemanja Vidic in defence? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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