Sunday 05 January 2014
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.