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ON THIS DAY: JAN 5 VIDIC SIGNS FOR MAN UTD

DUGOUT'S DAILY LOOK AT THE BIG JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW DEALS DOWN THE YEARS

JANUARY 5, 2006: NEMANJA VIDIC JOINS MANCHESTER UNITED FROM SPARTAK MOSCOW FOR £7 MILLION.

United had been chasing Vidic for a couple of years and fought off stiff competition to sign him. A deal was agreed in principle to join Fiorentina, but the Italian club did not have any free space on their roster for a non-EU player and United swooped in and hijacked the move.

Vidic went on to form one of the most formidable centre-back partnerships in Premier League history alongside England International Rio Ferdinand.

He made his Man Utd debut in the League Cup 2nd leg victory against Blackburn Rovers and a month later was celebrating his first trophy at the club in a League Cup final victory at the Millennium Stadium against Wigan Athletic.

This was to become the first of 15 trophies won as a Man Utd player.

Vidic missed out on the Serbian World Cup squad in 2006 through injury and suspension, but was a huge part of their qualification campaign and formed part of their defence that conceded just one goal in ten qualifying games.

 

In his first full season as a Manchester United player, Vidic won the Premier League title, which was to become a familiar achievement for the Serbian defender. 

United won three consecutive league titles from 2007 to 2009 with Vidic at the forefront of their success, as he was included in the Premier League team of the Year all three of those seasons.

In 2008, Vidic would go on to win his first European trophy with the club, as Manchester United lifted the Champions League.

The following season was his most successful to date on a personal level when as well as lifting the League Cup once more, the FIFA Club World Cup and the Premier League, Vidic was named Premier League Player of the Season. This season he was also part of a record breaking United squad that had 14 consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League.

 

The no nonsense defender was known for his tough tackling and on the 25th October 2009 was sent-off for the third consecutive game against fierce rivals Liverpool.

In 2010, Sir Alex Ferguson handed Vidic the captain's armband to take over from Gary Neville and he lead the United side to another Premier League triumph.

Further Premier League success in 2013, as Vidic won his fifth league title, and in 2014 he announced he would be leaving Old Trafford to join Inter Milan when his contract was up.

 

With 15 club trophy honours at Manchester United, Vidic is one of the if not THE most successful January transfer the Premier League has ever seen.

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