Taking nothing for granted: Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic ‘blessed’ to play on world stage at Theatre of Dreams

By Alex Bysouth

The Theatre of Dreams is the biggest stage in world football and Manchester United stars are blessed to have the opportunity to perform there, according to Nemanja Vidic.

The Serbia international moved to Old Trafford seven seasons ago and has grown into one of the most sought after central defenders in Europe.

And 31-year-old Vidic, who started his career at Red Star Belgrade, admits he feels lucky to be part of United’s illustrious history.

“I feel blessed to play for this club and I learn things every day,” he told Inside United.

“It’s brought me huge enjoyment and the opportunity to express myself on what’s probably the biggest stage in football.”

Twice a Barclays Player of the Year, the United captain could be about to lift his fifth Premier League title as the Red Devils storm clear or rivals City.

And Vidic believes he has been part of a special period at Old Trafford, with his prestigious trophy cabinet also boasting three League Cups and a Champions League.

“I’ve been at United for seven-and-a-half years, I can’t deny I feel something very special,” he said.

However, one trophy missing on Vidic’s shelf is an FA Cup and, along with Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra, the veteran defender will have to wait to fill this void after a quarter-final defeat to Chelsea.

The Red Devils were taken to a replay by the west London club and had keeper David De Gea to thank for keeping them in the tie at Old Trafford.

The young Spaniard came under criticism when he joined Ferguson’s outfit, but has since silenced his critics and Vidic believes this is a product of the former Atletico Madrid stopper’s hard work.

“Everything you put in, you get out,” Vidic explained. “That’s what you’re seeing now.”

Picture courtesy of Austin Osuide, with thanks.

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