Man United legend Nemanja Vidic came up against some of the very best in the world during his illustrious career.
And the centre-back has named ex-Liverpool and Southampton star Rickie Lambert as the “dirtiest” player he ever played against.
The former England forward caught the Serbian defender with an elbow, leaving his face bloodied, during a game in 2014.
Vidic finished his career at Inter Milan and was speaking to the Times about his career when he made the revelation about Lambert.
The 56-cap Serbia international said: “I didn’t know many dirty players.
“Maybe just this guy from Southampton, he also played for Liverpool.”
When asked if he was referring to Lambert, Vidic replied: “Yes, him.”
Lambert left Vidic’s face in a bloodied state during his final-ever United game in 2014.
Recalling the clash, the Serb star said: “I got an elbow from him. How did I handle it? You don’t ‘handle it’.
“He became very small for me then.
“I’m sad for him actually, in my career I can’t think of any other player who wanted to hurt me.”
On the topic of aggression, Vidic also had his say on his former centre-back partner Rio Ferdinand going into boxing, saying he’d “love” to see him fight.
Vidic smiled: “I would love to see that.
“I would love to see that actually. I am going to the match. And I am buying a ticket.
“Tell Rio I’m not asking for tickets. I’m buying.”