United v Liverpool: Watch our Vidic exclusive
🎥 The big interviews keep coming! 👊 Here's Nemanja Vidic on his 13 games, seven wins & four red cards v Liverpool...
Welcome back to Old Trafford, Nemanja, games do not come any bigger, in England, than United against Liverpool, do they? Yeah, it is the biggest. Not just in the UK. It’s the game, even when I was young, I was looking forward to watching. I was lucky enough to play in it. You don’t get bigger matches than this, especially in this moment with United playing really well and Liverpool challenging for the title. You’ve got great memories of the game and also some bad ones but, if you’re going to get red cards, you might as well get them against Liverpool… [Laughs] No, I played 13 games and I had four red cards so I was really, I would say, going into the matches where I had too much motivation [laughs]. My problem was not to motivate people that day but actually coming down to control my emotions! So they’re great memories but some bad ones as well. I remember the first one, when I came to Manchester United, was against Liverpool at Anfield. I think it was my third game for United. I played against Peter Crouch. The first time I actually played against a player who is two metres tall. So it was an experience! And Craig Bellamy, who is a fighting good [think this is what he says] player! I remember that game – unfortunately, we lost 1-0. Then there are some good memories as well – the 3-2 when Dimitar Berbatov scored the hat-trick. That’s the game I remember. Yeah, some good, some bad memories. Overall, I’m happy I actually managed to play in these games. We loved you for that aggression but, on a serious point, do our players have to keep their composure when it comes to the big game on Sunday? Yeah, obviously when it comes to the atmosphere in the game. Like I’ve said, it’s not just that. I realised after two or three years, it’s not just a derby between Manchester United and Liverpool. It’s the city, as a rivalry. So you can feel that as well in the stands, obviously, and then I think, even if you have foreign players playing for Manchester United and Liverpool, it’s because of that energy from the stands and the tempo of the game that sometimes emotions get the better of the players. You’ll be there watching the game at the weekend so are you expecting a special atmosphere? Of course. I’m looking forward to the game, especially now I’m looking forward to watching United and the way they play after the results and positive atmosphere around the club. It seems the players are enjoying playing football and for me, as a fan like I am now, I’m enjoying the way they’re playing. So are you excited by the way Ole has got us playing, particularly away from home in the cup games, we’ve been fantastic? Especially at Stamford Bridge, we played a magnificent game – particularly as we had a few injuries. I think the players who came in did a great job really. Everything is going better than I expected, you know, we haven’t lost a match in the Premier League since Ole came in. I think the fans now feel again, going to the stadium, that they are very happy so, sometimes, even if you cannot really get the result, you can still see the team playing better. It gives you belief for the team going forward. What do you think about the job Ole is doing at the moment? Like I’ve said, he’s doing a great job. When he came into the manager’s job, what was asked of him was to develop the form of the players, obviously get results and create a positive atmosphere around the club. He’s done it all and I’m really happy with what he’s done for the club and the players as well. If you look at the value of the players, from three months ago to now, we’d all agree, even in the media, the perception of the players is different.