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Vidic: Paddy And I Laugh At Disastrous Derby Debut

As Robbie Fowler flashed his five flabby digits in the direction of the United section after scoring the third goal, it was a clear this was going to be a day better off forgotten for our fans.

Patrice Evra was making his debut for United that day and was completely bossed at the back by Trevor Sinclair, of all people. “It’s never nice as a defender when you concede goals,” he said after the game, where he was subbed off at half time. “I can’t be happy with my debut. But I’ll quickly put that behind me. Now we’ve just got to knuckle down.”

Vidic made his debut a couple of weeks later, coming on for goal scorer Ruud van Nistelrooy in the final moments of United’s League Cup semi-final victory over Blackburn.

These two players got their first 90 minutes together in the 4-3 defeat to Blackburn in the league the following week, in a match that was marred by defensive errors for United.

Vidic has today reflected on how the pair of them were not very happy when they first arrived, but now want to stay here for a long time to come.

“We speak about it quite often,” said Vidic. “Neither of us started well and we used to say we wanted to leave. We can laugh about it now because we have both reached 100 games. I am really pleased. I have worked hard to achieve that and I would like to play many more games for United.”

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  1. ManU says:

    Vidic and Evera as regular defenders are not enough and Johnny Evens should also be included in the team.Gary N should retire or play in the reserved together with Giggs and Scholes.Berba is the potential candidate to replace Giggs and Anderson to replace Scholes. With Carrick,Hargreves
    and Nani MU midfield will be the strongest and can go on for the next few seasons to come.MU will have the strongest backline,mid and forward for many years to come.

  2. DiazPerez says:

    you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. How can Berbatov, a centre foward, replace Giggs, a left winger? Gary neville still has a few years left in him, as do scholes and Giggs can provide until the end of the coming season. It’s good to have a fairly large squad to pick from as you need a mixture of youth and experience and it’s because of that, that I’m confident we’ll challenge again this year.

  3. Mic says:

    I remember the dippers laughing and saying they’re glad Vidic rejected them, 2 league titles and a CL title later and we’re saying the same thing.

  4. Stephen Colbert says:

    Why in the world should Neville, Giggs and Scholes play in the reserves?

  5. marcus says:

    hahaha nevs scholes + giggs in reserves + berbatov 2 replace giggs what planet r u on lad? u obviously dont no alot about football mate or your drunk! we need a big squad we need the balance of youth and experience or have u forgot what that achieved last season? and most of all we need so called man utd fans to stop moaning about our beloved team why try and fix something thats not broken?

  6. OTRed says:

    @ Mic…he actually turned down the Scouse muppets to come to us???? Didn’t know that…just makes me love him even more :>D

  7. PeeJay says:

    I think people don’t consider how ugly Manchester is as a city when they decide they want to play for United.

  8. adrian says:

    gary nev’s leadership qualities are still very vital to the team, but he’ll have to dislodge wez though. scholesy & giggsy can still contribute in a big way as a balance of youth & experience needs to be achieved.

  9. nagraj says:

    comment #1 is a plastic fan….

    Vida and Evra ll give us solidity at the back for at least 5-6 more years..cant ask for more with 15 mill pounds combined…


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