Nemanja Vidic is unquestionably one of the best defenders in Manchester United’s history.
The Serbian centre-back spent eight years at Old Trafford, winning a host of major honours including five Premier League titles, three League Cups, the FIFA Club World Cup and, of course, the UEFA Champions League.
He was named the Premier League Player of the Season in 2009 and 2011, and earned a place in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year on four separate occasions.
Vidic was a colossus on the pitch and struck up a formidable partnership alongside Rio Ferdinand.
He got the better of 99 per cent of forwards he came up against - but there was one striker who would often terrorise him.
Vidic names the toughest PL forwards he faced
There was something about Fernando Torres, who was at the peak of his powers during his time with Liverpool, that Vidic simply couldn’t handle.
But the defender, who retired in 2016, insists that he doesn’t rate the Spaniard as one of the best Premier League forwards he played against.
Vidic, in an interview with The Times, named Sergio Aguero, Luis Suarez and Didier Drogba as the toughest forwards he faced.
“Aguero was good at stop-and-go, aggressive in the box,” the Man Utd legend said. “He’s small but he can attack crosses, he can drop, he can go behind. Suarez can just go through you with the ball. And Drogba is tall, strong, won’t ever let you relax.”
Vidic reveals what he really thought about Torres's ability
“[Torres] was top, don’t get me wrong,” Vidic continued, “he’d score a goal from nowhere but [unlike the others] he’s not someone who’s going to bully you or trick you with the ball.”
Is that really true, Nemanja?
Hmm. There will be plenty of Liverpool fans who’ll argue that Torres *did* bully you, Nemanja.
Let’s see if there’s any evidence available on YouTube…
Vidic on Messi
Vidic also revealed who the best player he played against in Europe was. No prizes for guessing who he chose.
He added: “When you’re playing [Lionel] Messi you don’t play against him, because he’s always playing off you, he’s in midfield and he’s patient, waiting for that moment, waiting 20 minutes without the ball and then he’s going to run at you… different planet.”
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