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I could not pass properly, or control a simple ball - Vidic admits his struggle


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Manchester United central defender Nemanja Vidic has admitted how much he struggled to come to terms with the speed of the game after his arrival from Spartak Moscow.

However, the Serbian powerhouse has shown in ever-increasingly impressive performances that he has now settled in nicely at Old Trafford and formed a strong partnership with Rio Ferdinand.

A major factor in last season's title success, Vidic has the happy knack of finding the net for his club, scoring the winner at Everton earlier this season, one of five goals in his 69 appearances.

Vidic this month signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at United until 2012.

He told Sport magazine: "The first couple of months after I joined, I wasn't me. I could not pass the ball properly, or control a simple ball. My confidence was gone and I started to think maybe England wasn't for me. But after a couple of months, I learnt how to play. Now you see the real Nemanja Vidic."

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: "Nemanja has made a terrific impact at the club and has forged a partnership with Rio Ferdinand that was a major part in us winning the title last year.

"He is an extremely popular member of the squad, both with staff and fans alike. It's great news that he wants to be part of this exciting side for years to come."

The lowlight of Vidic's stay in England so far was the disastrous match against Milan when, after being rushed back from injury, the defender had a shocker in the 3-0 Champions League semi-final in Italy.

He said: "That was after I broke my collar bone and came back. That was my worst game for the team, no question. It was a very bad night, but I am over it now."


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I remember Evra being even worse at the start and now both have gone on to become great players for Man U. The Vidic/Ferdinand partnership is probably the best consistant partnership in the premiership now.

SAF does it again and again with his choice of players but remember Quinn said Chesney was the best manager in the world he he

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