Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is easily one of the finest defenders game gas seen in last 10-15 years. Vidic graced the Premier League from 2006 to 2014 and needless to say, he was the corner stone for all the success United enjoyed during that time. As Vidic celebrates his 34th birthday today, and we take a look back at some of his best moments in a Manchester United jersey.
We start with perhaps the best ever video made on Vidic:
I bet, Walker is still feeling the after effects of this tackle:
Happy 34th Birthday to United legend Nemanja Vidic https://t.co/RzlZh7tn1V
— TheFOOTBALLbible (@FootballsBible) October 21, 2015
If ever, there was a defender who loved to tackle, it was Vidic:
Happy Birthday Nemanja Vidic The man clearly doesn't believe in the 'interception' https://t.co/Ew5uHu1BSX
— FootballFanCast.com (@FootballFanCast) October 21, 2015
He popped up with crucial goals from time-to-time:
— ⚡ Pʀᴀᴛᴇᴇᴋ ⚡ (@PrtkNavghare) September 26, 2015
— CrowdScores App (@CrowdScores) October 21, 2015
Vidic won 5 Premier League titles, one Champions League and one FIFA Club World Cup title during his time at Old Trafford. He was often the warrior, Sir Alex Ferguson built his team around. At the back, his presence always pulled United out from difficult circumstances. He was fierce in his tackling, always knew where to position himself during set pieces and he had a eye for a goal or two.
Vidic soon left Old Trafford when Sir Alex Ferguson decided to quit as Manchester United manager. When he was quitting United, many believed that was end of an era at the club and will never be repeated. Since his departure, United have not had the same control in their back-line and it will take a long time before they find someone as dominant as Nemanja Vidic to lead their defense. We wish Vidic a very Happy Birthday and all the best for his playing career with Inter Milan.
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