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Sunday 05 January 2014

On this day in 2006: Vidic completes move to Man Utd

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Nemanja Vidic’s transfer to Old Trafford

  • Nemanja Vidic holds his Man Utd shirt aloft alongside manager Sir Alex Ferguson

  • He became a key player for Man Utd, forming a fine defensive partnership with Rio Ferdinand

  • Vidic helped the Red Devils win the UEFA Champions League final in 2008

  • The Serbian defender has won five Barclays Premier League titles in his Man Utd career

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

5 January 2006 - Ferguson completes deal for Nemanja Vidic

Manchester United completed the transfer of central defender Nemanja Vidic from Spartak Moscow after a work permit for the 24-year-old was granted.

The Serbia defender’s arrival delighted United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

“He is a quick, aggressive centre-half and will be a terrific addition to the squad," Ferguson said. “Good defenders win you things. The lad is really natural and athletic. You need good defenders and that is exactly what this lad is.”

Vidic joined Spartak from Red Star Belgrade in July 2004 and helped his national side qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals by being part of a defence that only conceded one goal during the campaign.

His first two matches for United were cup-ties: a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers in the Capital One Cup and a 3-0 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup. His Barclays Premier League debut was also against Blackburn but this time in a 4-3 defeat.

Vidic immediately became a regular in the side, only missing two matches for the remainder of the season as the Red Devils finished second behind Chelsea.

The towering defender went on to be a key figure in the United side who won three consecutive league titles and the 2008 UEFA Champions League. He has played nearly 300 times for United in all competitions, with 199 of those appearances coming in the Barclays Premier League. Vidic has won five league titles overall since his arrival.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Serbia defender Nemanja Vidic joined Man Utd from Spartak Moscow