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Patrice Evra didn’t speak to Nemanja Vidic for three months after a fight at Manchester United

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Patrice Evra reveals he feuded with Nemanja Vidic at Manchester United which resulted in the pair not speaking for THREE months… with their tension causing Sir Alex Ferguson to place Rio Ferdinand on the pitch between them

  • Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic both came to Manchester United in 2005-06
  • The pair initially struggled to deal with Evra and confirmed they were arguing
  • Evra said the couple didn’t speak for three months after that
  • Sir Alex Ferguson moved Rio Ferdinand to left centre-back
  • The pair eventually made amends and were a big part of Manchester United’s success











Patrice Evra has revealed he hasn’t spoken to Nemanja Vidic for three months after they got involved in a fight when they were team-mates for Manchester United.

The pair enjoyed great success together at Old Trafford, winning five Premier League trophies and the Champions League in 2008.

But the Frenchman has revealed that there was so much tension between them at first that manager Sir Alex Ferguson had to move Rio Ferdinand to the left centre-back so they didn’t play side by side on the pitch.

Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra did not speak after a fight at Manchester United

The pair arrived within a month of each other during the winter transfer window in the 2005/06 season, and Evra said they had problems from the start.

He said during a question-and-answer session according to Manchester United’s official website: “We arrived at the same time and we struggled together. We were in 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 put us in – at the reserves. In the dressing room, Vida said, “My agent called me, I have to go back to Moscow.” Also my agent called me and said they had? [interest from] AS Roma. It was difficult here.

Sir Alex Ferguson moved Rio Ferdinand to left central defender to Evra and Vidic.  to separate

Sir Alex Ferguson moved Rio Ferdinand to left central defender to Evra and Vidic. to separate

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

He added: ‘To be honest, we fought too. We argued, he and I, and didn’t speak for three months.

“We played together and didn’t say a word. I never told him to go left or right. He was the same. Ferguson had to trade Rio Ferdinand to play with me on the left.

“It was like that for three months, until after a game I remember him coming up to me in the locker room and giving me a high-five. Everyone was like “finally” because we were best friends together, Vida and I. We have a deep story together.

‘I love him so much. We had a hard time, but we were real, him and me. If we did something wrong we would argue, but in the same way it was a really great relationship.”

Both Evra and Vidic became formidable parts of United’s four during their time at the clubs, with the Frenchman making 379 appearances and the Serbian centre-back making 300 appearances for the club.

Evra and Vidic ended up making up and being part of a very successful United team

Evra and Vidic ended up making up and being part of a very successful United team

After Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, the two had a frustrating last season at the club, with the reigning champions under David Moyes dropping to seventh place.

That season, Vidic and Evra had a furious outburst after losing 3-0 at home to rivals Liverpool.

Vidic, who was sent off after receiving two yellow cards from referee Mark Clattenburg, accused Evra of neglecting his defensive duties by exposing him.

The Frenchman is said to have exploded with anger and had to be stopped by Moyes and other staff members as the incident at United’s training base in Carrington threatened to boil over.

Evra and Vidic also argued during their last season after a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool

Evra and Vidic also argued during their last season after a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool

Vidic later confirmed the incident in an interview when he said: “We had a fight with each other.

“This year more than any other year because when you have bad times, people show that they care about you. We’re still friends, but we fought to get better. We wanted to improve.

“We could say those things to each other because we’ve been together so long, but it hurt. If you weren’t arguing, it wouldn’t be good. We had some difficult moments in the locker room.’

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