Man Utd defender Patrice Evra has stated that he will miss colleague Nemanja Vidic when the Serb leaves the club to join Inter Milan in the summer, according to ManUtd.com.
“It’s painful to lose Vida. For me, he is a great centre-back. When you see a player like Vidic leaving the club, you feel really sad.”
The pair have built a solid defensive partnership over the years, with Vidic serving in the middle while Evra provided left sided duties, and so comparisons between the two were inevitable. However, things were not always so rosy between the two on the pitch, as the French international recalled.
“When you speak about Vida, it’s like you’re speaking about myself. We joined the club together. I remember the first game was so hard. In one match, we played in the reserves together. We were so poor!
“Rene Meulensteen was the [reserve team] manager and he took us both off! We were talking in the dressing room and saying: ‘Oh my, why have we come to Manchester United? We should go back to our old clubs!”
Everything worked out in the end, however, and the pair went on to win a good haul of silverware alongside one another, with former England international Rio Ferdinand – who has been at the club longer than the pair – making up a solid aspect of the defensive trio.
“It was a difficult moment but we stuck together. We’ve been in the same hotel going into training and, together, we’ve won the same trophies. I’m really sad to lose him,” Evra concluded.
Vidic signed for United for around £7m in 2006, following two successful seasons with Spartak Moscow. His silverware wins while in England include five Premier League trophies, three League Cups, five Community Shields, one Champions League winners’ medal and a FIFA Club World Cup winners’ medal.
Should he feature, Vidic’s final competitive game in a United shirt will be at St. Mary’s when last season’s champions end their season against Southampton.
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