Man Utd hero Evra reveals he didn’t speak to Vidic for three months


Evra and Vidic

Things weren’t always rosy between Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic

Patrice Evra has opened up on his relationship with Nemaja Vidic, revealing the pair once had a fight that resulted in neither of them speaking for three months.

The defensive duo both arrived at Manchester United in 2006 under Sir Alex Ferguson and went onto win several trophies together including five Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008.

But it seems it wasn’t always plain sailing and particularly in their early days both of them considered leaving.

‘We arrived at the same time and we struggled together,’ said Evra. ‘We were at the same hotel, I remember, and we were so bad at the beginning, me and him.

‘The manager sent us to play with the reserves and the coach was Rene [Meulensteen]. After 45 minutes, he subbed us – in the reserves!

‘In the dressing room, Vida was saying, “My agent called me, I need to go back to Moscow.” Also, my agent called me and said they had [interest from] AS Roma. It was difficult here.

‘So we struggled together. It’s why I have a lot of respect for Vida.’


Nemanja Vidic

Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic won five Premier League titles together (Picture: Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Early tensions soon boiled over with the Frenchman admitting on one occasion they had a fight, resulting in a lack of communication on and off the pitch in the months afterwards.

Things got so bad Ferguson had to change Rio Ferdinand’s position in the backline.

But Evra claims the pair soon made up and are now good friends following their retirement from the game.

‘To be honest, we also fought. We had a fight – me and him – and didn’t speak for three months. We played together and we didn’t even say a word,’ he added.

‘I never told him to go left or go right. He was the same. Ferguson had to swap Rio Ferdinand to play on the left side with me!

‘It was like that for three months until, after a game, I remember he came to me in the dressing room and gave me a high-five.

‘Everyone was like ‘finally’ because we were best friends together, Vida and me. We have a deep story together.

‘I love him so much. We struggled but we were really real, me and him. If we were doing something wrong, we’d argue but, in the same way, it was a really great relationship.’

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