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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Nemajna Vidic’s fantasy football record against Liverpool 

  • Man United's legendary centre-back was often the hero or the villain when facing the Reds

Few players epitomise the rivalry between Man United and Liverpool quite like Nemanja Vidic.

During his eight years at Old Trafford, the former United captain famously picked up FOUR red cards against United’s North West rivals.

While that’s certainly entertaining for the neutrals, his impassioned performances in the North West Derby were always a bit of a nightmare for fantasy football fans.

Let’s delve in, shall we?

The Good

Evra and Vidic combine to score against the Reds in 2013

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Evra and Vidic combine to score against the Reds in 2013

Many of Vidic’s best moments in a United shirt were when he was up against Liverpool and he was on the winning side more often than not, helping his side to seven victories compared to five defeats.

His best Dream Team total was 8 points, which he managed four times in various clashes with the Reds, including the 2-1 win in 2013 when he scored United’s winning goal.

His best run came between 2007 and 2008, when he was on the winning-side three times in a row, helping to keep a clean-sheet each time.

The Bad

The Serbian was rarely far from trouble when facing Liverpool

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The Serbian was rarely far from trouble when facing Liverpool

Of course, it wasn’t all scoring goals and racking up clean-sheets.

His first red card came in late 2008, when his elbow met with Xabi Alonso in the closing moments  of their 2-1 defeat at Anfield. He went away with a Dream Team points haul of -4 that day.

And while we all enjoyed United’s famous 3-2 win in 2010 – when Dimitar Berbatov netted his scintillating hat-trick – the two goals they conceded that day meant he went away with -1 points.

The Ugly

Fernando Torres would often terrorise the defender when the two sides met

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Fernando Torres would often terrorise the defender when the two sides met

When it comes to fantasy football, nothing is quite as bad as when one of your players gets sent off.

So United’s well-remembered 4-1 defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford in 2009 – courtesy of the brilliant Fernando Torres, who constantly hounded Vidic throughout the match until his sending off – resulted in a final total of -6 points for the big Serbian.

It’s also worth noting his final game against Liverpool – a 3-0 defeat in March 2014 under David Moyes – saw him pick up -5 points too.

It’s safe to say that if Vidic was still in United’s line-up today, we’d probably advise you against selecting him for your Dream Team Weekender side this weekend.


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