By Amir Mir
Former Manchester United centre-back Nemanja Vidic has revealed he was interested in joining arch rivals Liverpool, prior to his move to Old Trafford.
The five-time Premier League winner signed for then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 2006 for a fee of £7. million from Russian side Spartak Moscow.
He went on to write him name in United history as he made 300 senior appearances for the Manchester club, which included lifting the European cup in 2008.
However, the 34-year-old, who hung up his boots in January after a 16-year career, revealed that former Liverpool boss Rafa Bentiez was interested in bringing him to Merseyside.
“Yes. Rafa Benitez called me and I nearly went there,” Vidic told FourFourTwo. “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 prominent figure during the Manchester United v Liverpool encounters having appeared on 13 occasions during the feisty fixture, but the hard hitting defender saw red on four occasions as former Liverpool front man Fernando Torres caused the Serbian numerous problems.
But, United fans will point to the fact that Vidic lifted ten major honours for the 20-time Premier League winners as the 6ft 3in centre-half looks towards management and a new chapter in his footballing career.
In other Liverpool transfer news, manager Jurgen Klopp has made an approach for a player who was a star at Euro 2016.