liverpoolecho: Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is a better defender than Manchester United icon Nemanja Vidic says a France World Cup winner who described the former Old Trafford fans’ favourite as “a dog.”
Frank Leboeuf, who was part of the France side that defeated Brazil 3-0 in the 1998 World Cup final, was also a Premier League centre-back himself with Chelsea between 1996-2001.
Asked who he rated mostly highly between Van Dijk and Vidic, the 52-year-old told ESPN FC: “I would go for Van Dijk. I think he’s more complete.
“I loved Vidic, because I think he was a dog, and a fantastic defender. But Van Dijk can lead the team, and has range.
“I don’t think Vidic was capable of doing that. Hats off to Vidic, though.”
Although he went on to become a Red Devils stalwart, playing 300 games for them between 2006-14, winning five Premier League titles, three League Cups, a Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup, under different circumstances Vidic might have ended up at Anfield.
After hanging up his boots in 2016, the Serbian, who was infamously sent off four times playing against Liverpool – a Premier League record against a single club – told FourFourTwo magazine: “Rafa Benitez called me and I nearly went there.
“I was interested in going, but my English wasn’t good and I was struggling to communicate.
“Then Manchester United came. Fergie called me at my apartment and said: ‘I watched you play for Serbia against France—I want you here’.
“United were decisive. Everything was done very quickly, within two days.”
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