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

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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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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