Nemanja Vidic revealed that he played while injured in the 2008 Champions League final that saw Manchester United win their third European Cup.
The Serbian defender played the full 120 minutes in the final in Moscow, as United triumphed over Chelsea on penalties.
Speaking to The Times, Vidic revealed the conversation you had with manager Sir Alex Ferguson before the final, as he revealed his injury.
“In the 2008 Champions League final, I played injured,” Vidic admitted.
“Fergie said, ‘Are you ready to play?’ I said, ‘Mmm, I feel a bit…’ He said, ‘You’re playing.’
“‘OK. I’m not sure if I can do it …’”
Vidic was a warrior for United, and it comes as no surprise that he played while injured at the request of his manager.
The Serb, who turned 36 earlier this week, put himself into challenges that his teammates would never have gone into.
In the same interview, Vidic came out with this wonderful quote that sums up his mentality towards playing football: “You can fix your nose, but if you let somebody score the goal your pride cannot be fixed.”
United fans were missing Vidic, his commitment to the cause and his consistency as the Reds succumbed to a shock 2–1 defeat at Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon.
£30m summer signing Victor Lindelof, who arrived from Benfica, was at fault for the second goal as he mistimed a header and allowed Laurent Depoitre to round David de Gea and double the Terriers’ lead.
Vidic, though, had a very tough first six months at Old Trafford, and left the club with over 300 appearances, a record of many games captaining the side, and a plethora of trophies including that Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup. United fans will be hoping Lindelof can do the same in the coming year.