Nemanja Vidic signed for Manchester United in January 2006 and went on to be named captain, winning five Premier League titles, three League Cups and one Champions League in eight years.

However, the story could have been very different for Vidic, with the former player today revealing in Four Four Two that Rafa Benitez tried to convince him to go to Liverpool first.

Yes. Rafa Benitez called me and I nearly went there. 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.