Vidic left Torres out of best strikers he faced despite being terrorised by him

Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic ruthlessly snubbed Fernando Torres after naming four strikers who gave him the most trouble during his stint in the Premier League.

Torres famously terrorised Vidic in several meetings between United and Liverpool in the late 00s, though that wasn't enough to earn him a place on the Serbian's list, apparently.

Speaking to The Athletic in 2019, Vidic namedropped Didier Drogba, Sergio Aguero, Luis Suarez and Peter Crouch (bizarrely) when discussing opponents he dreaded playing against.

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Torres' omission came as a surprise, especially after Vidic sang the World Cup winner's praises during an interview with beIN SPORTS a year later.

"Torres was a top player," he said. "At the time, he was probably the best striker in the league. He scored a few goals against United. I played well against Torres one week, then one game bad, that's the Premier League."

Vidic also spoke glowingly about his titanic battles with Drogba as Chelsea and United wrestled the Premier League title from one another between 2006 and 2011.

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"[Drogba] was a very clever player who would get into the brain of the defenders. He used his strength well, he was really good in the box, and very difficult to stop from scoring," the Serbian insisted.

On Aguero, Vidic said: "He looks like he's not interested in football on the pitch. He doesn't look like a guy who will run 10 metres and then – bang – he makes the sprint. I'm convinced that Aguero was born as a defender. He knows where the ball will come and where he can attack."

He then moved on to Suarez, saying: "Everything he does is in bursts. I don't think he knows exactly what he's doing but he succeeds. He's very direct and hungry to score. He runs for 90 minutes, he has a fire in him."

Crouch's inclusion in Vidic's list might have raised a few eyebrows, though the former United defender explained that it was his part in Liverpool's big man-little man strike partnership that made the England star such a handful.

"I'd never seen a two-metres tall player before", Vidic said. "I was thinking 'Wow, what can I do today with this guy?' Then I saw Bellamy next to him, not a great player on the ball but very, very fast. He would run into space, Crouch would jump into the air. I'd never seen football played like this.

"I'd never had a No 9 and a sharp, fast, player next to him. I knew how to deal with them individually but not both of them at the same time."


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