If there was a player that Jamie Carragher would have loved to play alongside, and then it is erstwhile Manchester United captain, Nemanja Vidic. In January 2006, the Serbian cost the Red Devils about 7 million pounds and he went on to make 300 appearances in eight-and-a-half years at Old Trafford before he moved over to Italy to join Inter Milan this summer.
The former Liverpool back-man who retired in 2013 after 737 appearances for the Reds wrote in his Daily Mail column: My type of defender. Liverpool tried to buy him in January 2006 but out loss was United’s gain. I’d have loved to have played alongside him and I’m sure we could have formed a solid partnership’.
‘He loves defending and putting his head where it hurts. His arrival took Ferdinand’s performances up to another level. They became the best defensive pair in Europe’.
When former Liverpool’s boss Rafa Benitez failed to land the Serbian, he opted for Daniel Agger who also spent almost the same number of years as Nemanja.
Vidic, who succeeded Garry Neville as Manchester United captain, won five Premier League titles, the Champions League and three League Cups and Jamie believes that the Serbian is one of the EPL’s greatest imports, adding that he would possibly have forged a good partnership with him. Judging from the level of dedication and quality that Vidic brought to United, one can understand Jamie’s plight. All through his years at the club, his leadership qualities was what made Sir Alex Ferguson hand him the captain’s badge even with other options like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes present.
Since Liverpool’s European Champions League glory in 2005, the Reds have been struggling to maintain their dominance and in fact missed out on the top four slot for 5 years. A partnership of Dani Agger and Nemanja Vidic would have fostered an enviable defensive Unit that might have propelled the Reds into greater exploits.