Rio Ferdinand: Rejecting Liverpool was the best thing this former team-mate ever did
By Alex Taylor
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has told former teammate Nemanja Vidic that rejecting Liverpool was the best thing he’ll ever do.
Former Manchester United centre-back Vidic revealed to FourFourTwo he was interested in joining arch rivals Liverpool, prior to his move to Old Trafford.
But 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.
This met with the approval of his former centre-back partner Ferdinand when he was asked about Vidic’s comments.
“You made the right decision, man. You did the best thing you could have ever done,” Ferdinand told Manchester United’s YouTube fan channel Full Time Devils.
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“When I was playing, you get clubs that come to you. But it doesn’t matter which clubs come to you, it matters what you do and where you go, and luckily both of us came here
“We had some unbelievable times in this stadium [Old Trafford], in front of these fans. It doesn’t matter what could have been – it matters what was.”
Vidic 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.
The centre-back 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.