Ferguson and Vidic.

What Alex Ferguson said when Nemanja Vidic told him he was injured before 2008 Champions League final

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Manchester United fans must be wishing they had a defender like Nemanja Vidic in their squad right now.

After Phil Jones limped off with an injury during their clash against Huddersfield, it all went downhill for the Red Devils.

Victor Lindelof came on and United conceded two goals within ten minutes. Marcus Rashford pulled one back but United fell to a very disappointing 2-1 defeat.

And as if United fans weren’t already missing the Serb, his latest interview in The Times will almost bring a tear to the eye of some supporters.

Even if it’s just for this quote that he came out with: “You can fix your nose, but if you let somebody score the goal your pride cannot be fixed.”

Manchester United v Arsenal - UEFA Champions League


But it seems Sir Alex Ferguson deserves some credit for instilling that sort of attitude, though.

Ferguson's reaction to Vidic saying he was injured

During the same interview, Vidic explained the conversation with the legendary manager ahead of the 2008 Champions League final.

The centre-back was carrying a knock but there was no way Ferguson was going to allow him to miss the clash against Chelsea.

“In the 2008 Champions League final, I played injured,” Vidic admitted.

“Fergie said, ‘Are you ready to play?’ I said, ‘Mmm, I feel a bit...’ He said, ‘You’re playing.’

Alex Ferguson (R), manager of Manchester

“‘OK. I’m not sure if I can do it ...’”

“‘You’re playing.’”

Vidic played the entire 120 minutes as United triumphed on penalties after the 1-1 draw.

The defender went on to play 300 times for the club and is considered one of the best defenders in the club's history, winning five league titles and a Champions League victory. Not bad at all.

But Vidic's story ahead of the 2008 Champions League final is just another brilliant example of Ferguson always knowing best…

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