Nemanja Vidic Biography

Nemanja Vidic plays for English Premiership side Manchester United, and wears the number 15 shirt. Vidic signed for Manchester United for a fee of £7 million on 5 January 2006 from Russian Premier League side Spartak Moscow, following his request to leave Spartak.

Nemanja Vidic started his career at Spartak Subotica, before moving after only a season to Red Star Belgrade in the Meridijan Superliga, and in July 2004, he joined Spartak Moscow for €6m .

His trademarks are strong tackles and a determination to win the ball in the air. This has led to him scoring goals unusual for a centreback in football.

Vidic made his debut for Manchester United as a substitute for teamate Ruud van Nistelrooy in the dying minutes of Manchester United’s 2-1 win in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg against Blackburn Rovers on January 25, 2006. Since the injury of Wes Brown, Vidic has formed a strong partnership with Rio Ferdinand in the centre of defence, which is one reason why United have clocked up a tally of nine consecutive wins in the Premiership. Indeed it was his strong and confident tackle that was the source of Manchester United’s opening goal (scored by Wayne Rooney) against Arsenal on the 9th April 2005. The final result was 2-0 to United.

Vidic is part of the Serbian and Montenegrin national team’s “Famous Four” defence, which conceded just one goal during qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, which will be their first World Cup appearance. Vidic played a major part in their 1-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina to qualify, despite picking up a red card five minutes from the end.

The other members of the famous four are Goran Gavrancic of Dynamo Kiev, Sevilla’s Ivica Dragutinovic, and Mladen Krstajic of Schalke 04.