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Vidic Loves And Respects Us Really

Nemanja Vidic is a player who is much loved at United, following a difficult start to his career at Old Trafford. Since settling, he has shown himself to be one of the best centre backs in the World, forming a solid partnership with Rio Ferdinand.

So, United fans were a little dumbfounded this morning when reading reports quoting Vidic as slagging off our beloved city.

“I will never stay to live in England, that’s for sure,” said Vidic. “You get only a brief glimpse of sunlight before it’s all cloudy again. The winters are mild but in summer the temperatures seldom go higher than 20C. And it rains, rains, rains. In future, I would like to test myself in another top league. I’m thinking of Spain. At least there will be no reason to complain about the weather. In England, they say that Manchester is the city of rain. Its main attraction is considered to be the timetable at the railway station, where trains leave for other, less rainy cities.”

Ouch.

Whilst I’d never criticise Vidic, for the fear of facing his wrath, I’m pleased to reveal I have no need to, with the Serbian quickly clarifying the reports later today.

Turns out Vidic has been misquoted and he was merely reflecting on the struggles he first faced when he joined the club, which he has previously spoken about publicly.

“I’d like to clarify that I did not make these particular remarks,” he said. “I spoke about the difficulty I had settling in to life in Manchester but that does not reflect how I feel now. I enjoy my life very much as a footballer at Manchester United and I’m very happy to be a part of this great club. I think I show that in the way I play every week. I also have far too much respect for the people of Manchester and England to criticise them in this way.”

Phew, well that’s good to know. The Rio-Vidic partnership has several quality years left in it yet and Nemanja would be a mug to leave this team!


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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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12 Comments

  1. jsos says:

    phew. the spain comment got me worst.. but it really never sounded like vidic. he comes off as very grateful to be at united and i’m glad to know that really is the case :D

  2. Arsene wanker says:

    bollocks from the fuck’n media, Vida you’r a true red.

  3. Oooodz says:

    He didn’t deny the Spain comment did he?

  4. suhayl says:

    Cant say he’d be wrong about the rain though….one day of sun in our city wouldnt be bad.

    vida..you legend

  5. Drew Vader says:

    In Vidic I Trust

  6. S. Ahmed says:

    I think it is very naive of us supporters to believe this club ALONE is what though keeping a player here, is all that matters.

    Its just as well we have the best damn club in the world – our weather is seriously dreary!

    And we need to acknowedge a footballers career is during the years theor meant to enjoy themselves – you can have as muuch money, but if your seriously glib about a foreign country, new language, weather, social life then it takes a club like man u to make it all the worthwhile – these other things though ALL matter.

    having said that there will be people who might say hes from serbia used t to it etc – but then surely this climate is the one climate youd WANT to avoid given half the chance!

    its very interesting to note how FEW English/British players move abroad these days – didnt do sparky any harm

    I do think vidic was indeed talking about how hard it is to adapt – he is still adappting – thats all – papers bluddy retards for making more than it was.
    I
    t could be worse for him… he could live in… ahem… a place where hed never walk alone…

    because of the threat of being jacked…

  7. anon1 says:

    Oh please, he is not Cristiano Ronaldo

  8. Ram says:

    i enjoy watchin vidic play. but if the reports are true if he wants a transfer then players from our should be bold enough to walk into fergie’s room n ask for a transfer request rather than goin to media and insulting one of the greatest football clubs

  9. PeeJay says:

    I can’t disagree with his statements, Carrington and Old Trafford are the only beautiful things about Manchester, a hideously ugly city full of hideously ugly people, unless of course you like girls in tracksuits and boys with more hoodies than brains.

  10. Tom F says:

    PHEW!

    Glad to hear that he felt the need to clarify it and state to us that he is happy.

    Has been worrying me all day!

  11. S. Ahmed says:

    PeeJay – I take it you have never ventured into the city centre at night to see the eclectic mix of beautiful people!

    Granted most come from affluent North/South manchester – though a far cry from your tracksuit clad scally!

    Now Newcastle is another story…

  12. Mad Dog Manc says:

    Are you reading this Ronny!!! This is how you respond to media hype (Bullshit)!
    Vidic is a true Red, but more importantly he values the meaning of playing for United.
    He understands the fans see him as a major part of the team, and responded immediately to the speculation. A true professional and a damn nice guy to boot.
    Ajusting to life in another country is hard, especially when the weather is a bad as it has been the last two years, but a true football professional will overcome the little things that annoy them when they know they are at the best club in the world

    Thanks Nemanja

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