Ex-Manchester United star Nemanja Vidic: 'I almost joined Liverpool'

Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United celebrates scoring the second goal during the Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool on January 13, 2013
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Nemanja Vidic admits that he came close to joining Liverpool before signing for Manchester United in 2006.

Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has admitted that he came close to joining Liverpool before moving to Old Trafford, where he spent eight years of his career.

The 34-year-old, who retired from professional football in January, won five Premier League titles, three League Cups and the Champions League with United following his transfer from Spartak Moscow in 2006.

Before being poached by Sir Alex Ferguson, Vidic was in talks with then-Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez about moving to the Red Devils' arch rivals.

"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, who got sent off four times while playing against Liverpool, left United in 2014 to join Inter Milan, where he stayed until his retirement.

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