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Vida: Song Helps With Hard Man Rep

“Nemanja, wooah, Nemanja, wooah, he comes from Serbia, he’ll fucking murder ya!” is the song you’ll hear loudly whenever Vidic goes in hard on a player. Vidic seems to play without fear and will put his head, body (or arm) in the way of anything to protect the goal.

Speaking with CNN World Sport, Vidic has shrugged off talk of him being a hard man, claiming the song helps his reputation, but is aware of how tough you have to be to succeed in this league.

“When you are playing football, it’s important – you want fans to love you because you play football for the fans,” he said. “When they are signing the song in the game, you feel very excited, and you do even more than you really can. I dunno. You let other players talk about it, but I think the song helps a bit. I think I learn in England, if you want to play, you have to be tough, especially as a defender you know, because the league is really tough, strong, physical, and I have to say in the beginning when I came, I had really hard time like I said, because of these things it’s so physical. I try to prepare myself for the years that come. I work so much in the gym, and obviously now, I have some benefits from that.”

Rio Ferdinand helps form the best defensive partnership in the league and one of, if not the best, in Europe. Vidic reckons the secret behind their success is the length of time they’ve been playing alongside each other, claiming it now comes as instinct.

“After six years, I think there’s nothing new really to know about each other,” he explained. “Now we play by instinct, it’s coming naturally. I have to say in the beginning we worked really hard to know each other, to understand each other, which is very important obviously and the success we have had has helped. We have a good partnership.”

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  1. willierednut says:

    Dortmund will not sell Gotze under any circumstances. Couldn’t blame them. He’s a fantastic young player. Hard to get top players these days. I mean, we didn’t want to sell Ronnie. Only for getting the full whack up front, he would still be at United. I actually wouldn’t mind us signing Rodwell now. He’s young enough, to get better. Sir Alex would improve the lad. He’s a good athlete and versatile. A long term replacement for Carrick. You sign a lad like him, he’ll break his back for you. No issues, on wanting out in a few years time either. Not instead of Sneijder now, but as cover for Carrick. Rodwell could that job in front of the back 4, no problem. A lot will probably disagree with me. Looking at options, is all I’m doing. :)

  2. Costas says:

    Rodwell could be a very good alternative. He’s more the type of midfielder we need. Plus, he has after sale value or whatever that cunting thing is called. :lol:

  3. willierednut says:

    Costas – You agree then? :)

  4. wayne says:

    resale value,at 31 its figured WS value would deprecate at least 2/3 rds a 5mill a year loss add that to 12 mill a year wages,WS would cost utd 17mill a year
    just made that up but it sounds good

  5. Costas says:


    Sure mate. The wee Jack clique is alive and kicking. :)

  6. wayne says:

    So that’ll be a clique for 2 then

  7. willierednut says:

    Costas – You and Cedars win this one. No doubt Cedars will remind me at some stage tomorrow lol.

  8. Costas says:

    I am hopeful it will be more than just 2. Otherwise, this will turn into a tag team. :lol:

  9. wayne says:

    sorry lads, wee Jack clique just not sexy enough for me,might consider joining a modric clique,i’m sure the names will come flying thick and fast wait to weigh up my

  10. Clint-iamyourpapii says:

    Raphael varane and Rodwell are exactly the same positionally,height wise and in terms of potential,therefore I could see united interested in Roddy next summer. From what I’ve seen of him against us in the two seasons he looks overrated and hyped by the media but still decent. I don’t believe he can be Carrick because Henderson isa closer match and Rodwell is more attacking and better at dribbling compared to the other two players.

    Away to an improved and freshened up
    West Brom could be nail biting based on last seasons bad away form.

  11. Chica Chicha says:

    Let Shitty sign every player up on high wages.
    6 months or a year later, those benchwarmers and those not in the squad will be pissing around and destabilising the team. Look at adebayor and bellamy. Other teams won’t pay their high shit wages.
    Unity in Shitty?? That’s a dream that won’t come true.

    Vida is a great captain. Leads by example without fear. We don’t hear him wanting to leave or demanding higher wages. Just hope he gets the FA Cup medal this year to complete his collection of medals.

  12. Troy says:

    Fuck Sneijder, we don’t need or want an injury prone money grabbing mercenary. I DO have faith in Cleverly and Anderson. Anderson is starting to add goals to his all action style and Cleverly … well, he has been a revelation.
    What we need is some more steel in that midfield. I am 110% sure that our lack of midfield steel is what cost us so heavily away from home last term.

  13. newtown_red says:

    Some highlights off Cleverly’s performance.

  14. aliasrns5 says:

    Mario Goetze

  15. newtown_red says:
    Hmmm, maybe the rise of Cleverly will also see a positive impact on Carrick.Maybe regain his attacking mentality instead of focusing on his defensive duties.Maybe the competition for places will bring him out of his comfort zone.

  16. Jim says:

    No noise on this Sneijder business on Sky yet lads … just sit and wait it out. Who knows what is really going on … the lads on holiday in Ibiza for a start!

  17. feedemscraps says:

    Please no Rodwell, ask any Evertonian’s about him and they’ll tell you he’s injury prone and development-wise he’s going backwards.

  18. bayobuya says:

    Any updates on Chicharito?? Dont want to miss him for too long with so many early tough games.

  19. Petey Red Red says:

    Vidic is the bomb diggity….

  20. Petey Red Red says:

    What up united? Heard nasty nasri goin shitty… Money grabbin Twat… I expected better things from him. Hope balotelli goes on a bender and smashes roberto man-creamy in

  21. DMuzikManUnited says:

    Can’t wait for Kick-Off. Exciting times ahead.


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