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Rio Ferdinand: I had my doubts about Nemanja Vidic when he first joined Manchester United

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Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic

Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United celebrates scoring the winning goal with team-mate Nemanja Vidic during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City

Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has admitted he had his doubts originally about whether Nemanja Vidic was the right fit for the club when the Serbian joined the Red Devils, according to the Mirror.

Vidic made his debut in a 4-3 defeat for Manchester United at Blackburn in February 2006, shortly after joining from Spartak Moscow. The Serbian struggled to settle in initially at the Theatre of Dreams, before going onto become one of the clubs most talismanic players.

The centre-back ended up striking a formidable partnership with Rio Ferdinand, before going on to become the official club captain. Vidic has decided to leave for pastures new in the summer, with the club legend set to join Inter Milan in the summer.

Vidic played his last game in-front of the Old Trafford faithful on Tuesday in what was an emotional occasion for the defender.

Ferdinand admits he had his doubts about Vidic when he first joined, but believes he was proven wrong.

Speaking on his Facebook page, Ferdinand said: “We formed a defensive partnership that was expected to get the better of any strikers we played against and more often than not we did.

“However it wasn’t always like this. It took time for us to grow into a dominant force after a start where even I questioned if he was the right guy to come in after his first few training sessions.

“Nemanja Vidic – what a great player. A top professional footballer at Manchester United. He’s a strong defender who attacks the ball like no-one else I have played with.”

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