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Nemanja Vidić Reveals Why He Struggled To Play Against Fernando Torres

Nemanja Vidić Reveals Why He Struggled To Play Against Fernando Torres

It is hard to deny that Nemanja Vidić was one of the best defenders in the Premier League and in the world during his time at Manchester United.

Former Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson built a formidable centre-back pairing between the 37-year-old Serbian and Rio Ferdinand, who would provide any 'keeper with the perfect line of protection.

However, there was one player that always seemed to have Vidić's number: Fernando Torres. During Liverpool's heated matches with United, the former Red Star Belgrade and Spartak Moscow player would find himself getting a hard time from El Niño.

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The former Red Devils star has now revealed why the 34-year-old Spaniard was one of his toughest opponents.

"Torres was a top player," he said (via GiveMeSport). "At the time, he was probably the best striker in the league. He scored a few goals against United.

"In the Premier League, I had some good games against [Didier] Drogba, sometimes bad.


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"I played well against Torres one week, then one game bad, that's the Premier League. You're not going to be on top of your game every week.

"It's why I like the Premier League. In one game, you're going to be against a strong player like Drogba, the next it'll be a Torres or [Sergio] Agüero.

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"If people see me live, they say, 'I thought you were much bigger!' I was never big, but I gave everything in challenges.

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"It's why I never got bigger because I knew the next week I'd have Torres or Aguero, so I never spent as much time in the gym as you have to adapt to players."

Vidić played for United from 2006 to 2014, making over 200 appearances during his time at Old Trafford and becoming a fan-favourite player.

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He left the club in 2014 to spend two seasons at Inter Milan, though he failed to replicate his United days in Italy and retired in 2016.



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Was Vidić United's best defender of all time?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Football, Manchester United, Nemanja Vidic, Fernando Torres

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Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: adnan.riaz@ladbiblegroup.com