Vidic: Not As Hard As He Looks
Nemanja Vidic has admitted that he was having problems settling into the Premier League after his arrival in January 2006.
The big Serbian needed a lot of time to build up his match fitness and initially he looked a bit suspect. However, in the 2006/07 season he emerged as the rock of a great defence and became a cornerstone.
His no-nonsense approach and extreme reliability finally brought the best out of the most talented centre-back of his generation: Rio Ferdinand. So we have reasons to be grateful.
"In truth, when I first arrived I found it hard and was not sure I could become a regular in the first team," Vidic said.
"I asked myself if I could make it in this league and at this club. It`s important to learn how to play here. If I had played how I used to play, I would not have succeeded, so I had to adapt.
"The game is different here, the referees allow the game to be more physical. It`s not easy to come to England and play well straight away - you need a couple of months to settle.
"Now when I play, I feel proud of what I have achieved over the last few years. To play for United and win trophies is a big thing and I am proud to be part of this team.'
So, even Vidic feels insecure at times. Good news for the rest of the world?