ENGLISH soccer’s largest rivalry offered the backdrop to a few of the lowest factors of Nemanja Vidic’s stellar profession.
It was not noisy neighbours Manchester Metropolis who gave the Manchester United legend sleepless nights — however Liverpool.
And Vidic, 36, claims that’s nonetheless the match that will get United’s blood boiling the quickest.
4 pink playing cards (together with three on the spin) plus 77 torrid minutes chasing Fernando Torres, had been memorable car-crash moments as Vidic often self-destructed on derby day.
He mentioned: “Manchester Metropolis and United is an enormous recreation for the time being however Liverpool and Manchester United is THE largest recreation within the Premier League.
“What Metropolis have been doing within the final couple of years, and the gamers they’ve for the time being, makes that recreation extra attention-grabbing. However it’s nonetheless Liverpool and United for me.
“For the primary one or two years I didn’t actually perceive it. I knew it was an enormous derby and we used to observe it from Serbia.
“Then I learnt you’ve gotten the rivalry between the cities themselves, which fits again to the Ship Canal.
DISUNITED Nemanja Vidic blames himself for Chris Smalling and Phil Jones’ defensive woes
“I examine how it began, how for years the rivalry constructed up and up between the 2 cities after which the 2 golf equipment.
“It was just like once I moved to Italy and joined Inter. I used to be shocked that Inter-Juventus is a much bigger derby that Inter-Milan.
“They name it the derby of Italy and it’s the largest rivalry by far. Gamers go between the 2 Milan golf equipment however when you change between Inter and Juventus…”
Vidic, the final United captain to elevate the Premier League trophy, didn’t all the time like his collisions with Liverpool and sometimes did not see them via to the top.
He was despatched off a report 4 occasions within the fixture — however by no means drew in his 13 appearances in opposition to the Anfield membership, successful seven and shedding six.
Solely Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo can match Vidic’s two Premier League Participant of the Yr awards — not dangerous going for a defender.
Nemanja Vidic’s pink card historical past in opposition to Liverpool
Liverpool 2 – 1 Manchester United, September 2008
His first pink card in opposition to Liverpool got here when he used his elbow to flooring Xabi Alonso within the 90th minute. Ouch.
Manchester United 1 – Four Liverpool, March 2009
The subsequent sending off got here when he recklessly hauled Steven Gerrard to the bottom as he was via on the aim.
Liverpool 2 – zero Manchester United, October 2009
Vidic obtained his third pink card on the bounce after selecting up a second yellow card for a foul on Dirk Kuyt.
Manchester United zero – Liverpool three, March 2014
Daniel Sturridge was the sufferer this spherical because the Serbian defender hacked him all the way down to take his pink card tally to 4.
He additionally clocked up 5 Premier League titles, three League Cups, one Champions League and one Fifa Membership World Cup in 300 video games for United.
However to many, the abiding reminiscence of Vidic in opposition to Liverpool is of him consuming turf after being ‘sacked’ by a rampant Fernando Torres in a Four-1 house defeat in March 2009.
And it went from dangerous to worse as he later noticed pink for downing Steven Gerrard.
Vidic, at St George’s Park this week working in direction of the Uefa pro-licence he must turn out to be a supervisor, mentioned: “What do I keep in mind about video games in opposition to Liverpool? Pink playing cards.
“Not a lot Fernando Torres however I keep in mind all of the sendings-off.
“I keep in mind extra my failures than when issues went higher.
“Perhaps it pushes me to verify it by no means occurs once more.
“Two of the pink playing cards had been within the 89th, 90th minute and that one with Gerrard was within the 77th minute. That was very laborious to take as a result of it was at Previous Trafford. It was a troublesome time.”
However there was no hairdryer therapy ready for him after his early bathe.
Vidic revealed boss Alex Ferguson knew when to go away hurting gamers effectively alone.
He mentioned: “Generally you see a participant and he is aware of he has made a mistake so what are you able to say?
“Everyone is aware of he has made a mistake and the papers the subsequent day are going to say he let the workforce down. What is the supervisor going so as to add?
Nemanja Vidic reveals all…
VIDIC ON MOURINHO’S UNITED AND PAUL POGBA
The Champions’ League might occur for Man United season …. it’s United in any case!
When the season began I mentioned United had extra likelihood to win the Champions League than the Premier League as a result of the gamers they signed didn’t have the time to slot in.
Mourinho is a tactical coach who is aware of Europe very effectively. He is aware of there are going to be scrappy video games and the best way to get via them.
Fergie used to play counter-attack soccer in some huge video games and defend and be tough to beat. However we all the time had velocity in large areas and we might go from our field to their field in three seconds.
VIDIC ON DAVID MOYES AND WHY I FINALLY LEFT UNITED
I attempted to provide 100% for David. I used to be his captain and I needed him to succeed. I’m unhappy he did not.
It was simply the precise time for me to maneuver on. I used to be getting older and had quite a lot of accidents.
The English league is demanding and I had a knee harm, again accidents, then the knee once more. And Sir Alex had gone and so had quite a lot of gamers in order that modified the state of affairs on the membership.
My feeling was possibly, it was the precise time for me to go away. I’m not simply talking Moyes, I’m talking about all the pieces round. I simply had this sense that I assumed it was time.
VIDIC ON HIS FUTURE
I need to turn out to be a supervisor however there aren’t any ‘managers,’ any extra, simply coaches! I’m doing my Professional Licence with the English FA.
Sir Alex made the job look straightforward and I’d watch him and assume: ‘I want to try this.’ Then I went to play in Italy and it all of a sudden didn’t look as straightforward! However I’ve performed for 15 managers in 28 years and I need to keep within the recreation and use my information.
VIDIC ON POGBA
He’s younger and he nonetheless wants robust senior gamers round him like I had with Giggs, Scholes and so forth – guys who had established United’s successful path.
“After that Four-1 recreation Sir Alex was pink when he got here within the subsequent day. However as a result of he noticed across the floor that everyone was unhappy, he began making jokes and constructing us up once more. He knew there was an enormous recreation coming.
“He knew we had been very unhappy we had misplaced but when we didn’t win the subsequent recreation, we had been going to lose the title and Champions League.
“However he was solely in a position to do it for 4 or 5 minutes earlier than he needed to exit. 4 or 5 minutes was as a lot as he might handle!”
Satirically, Vidic might have joined Liverpool in December 2005 however they dithered.
He mentioned: “Rafa Benitez needed to signal me earlier than I joined United.
“We didn’t meet, we simply spoke over the cellphone whereas I used to be driving my automobile in Moscow.
“I didn’t say no. It was going to occur, then Fergie got here and mentioned: ‘Do you need to play for United?’ I mentioned sure and after two days all the pieces was performed.
“He’d watched me a yr earlier enjoying in a again three for Pink Star and wasn’t 100 per cent certain I’d work out with 4 on the again. However with Liverpool chatting with me, he was certain!”