Ferdinand admits Manchester United stars thought Vidic was 'out of his depth'

The 34-year-old, who announced his retirement on Friday, was considered not good enough when he first moved to Old Trafford in 2006 by his new team-mates

Rio Ferdinand has paid tribute to Nemanja Vidic but admits the Manchester United players branded the Serb as “out of his depth” when he first joined Old Trafford.

Vidic called time on his career on Friday having won five Premier League titles, the Champions League and five FA Cup trophies during his nine seasons at United.

The 34-year-old joined United from Spartak Moscow in January 2006 and Ferdinand has revealed that his long-time defensive partner did not impressing during his initial stages at United.

“”Where is he from”….”he is well out of his depth”… these were the type of comments flying around the training ground after the 1st few training sessions we saw Vida!” Ferdinand posted on Facebook.

“You have to remember he was playing against great strikers (Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie, Saha, Wayne Rooney) in training everyday, a big step up from the players in the Russian league. But in a dressing room its a cold world where judgements are passed quickly without remorse – and Vida was judged!


Vida – my man”Where is he from”….”he is well out of his depth”… these were the type of comments flying around the…

Posted by Rio Ferdinand on Friday, 29 January 2016

“Vida is a deep thinker, he was then he is now…so the questioning himself from all angles would have been frying his head the first few months at the club while struggling in training.

“He worked on his strength in the gym, worked out what was needed for him to succeed in the Premier League and then started to establish himself in our team.

“My favourite partner to play alongside – YES.

“He became a defender that was feared, he could fight with the most physical, he crunched into tackles, he attacked the ball better than anyone I’ve ever seen….but as he will tell you with a smile, he could also play with the ball too, which made him complete & a great defender.

“Because he was soo good in the aggressive/attacking the ball areas people probably looked over his ability with the ball to his annoyance!”

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