Nemanja Vidic has revealed why he turned down a move to Liverpool in order to join Manchester United.
Vidic, who retired earlier this year after struggling to deal with mounting injuries, enjoyed a stellar career at Old Trafford.
He won 15 trophies at Old Trafford over an eight-year spell, having joined the club in 2006 under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Having played for a season under David Moyes, the Serbian centre-half then left for Inter Milan in 2014, but was forced into retirement two years later.
The 34-year-old has now explained why he chose to turn down a move to Liverpool before opting to join United.
“Rafa Benitez called me and I nearly went there,” he told FourFourTwo. “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.”