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Patrice Evra details fight with former Manchester United teammate Nemanja Vidic – Manchester Evening News

Patrice Evra has opened up on his once-troubled relationship with former Manchester United teammate Nemanja Vidic, and how the pair once had a fight that even impacted team tactics.

The defensive duo arrived at United within five days of each other in the January transfer window of 2006, with Vidic being signed from Spartak Moscow while Evra had left Monaco.

While the pair went on to win several titles during their 12-years at the club, including the Champions League in 2008, neither got off to the best start at Old Trafford.

Evra has explained that their shared struggle after moving to Manchester is what helped forge their friendship.

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“We arrived at the same time and we struggled together,” Evra said during a Q&A event hosted by Maui Jim.

“We were at the same hotel, I remember, and we were so bad at the beginning, me and him.

“The manager sent us to play with the reserves and the coach was Rene [Meulensteen]. After 45 minutes, he subbed us – in the reserves! In the dressing room, Vida was saying, ‘My agent called me, I need to go back to Moscow.’ Also, my agent called me and said they had [interest from] AS Roma. It was difficult here.

“So we struggled together. It’s why I have a lot of respect for Vida.”

Their relationship was put to the ultimate test, however, when the pair had a falling out and didn’t speak to each other for a prolonged amount of time.

It got to such an extent that manager Sir Alex Ferguson had to instruct Rio Ferdinand to swap sides with Vidic in the heart of defence so the Serb wasn’t playing alongside Evra.

“To be honest, we also fought. We had a fight – me and him – and didn’t speak for three months,” Evra revealed. “We played together and we didn’t even say a word. I never told him to left or go right. He was the same. Ferguson had to swap Rio Ferdinand to play on the left side with me!

“It was like that for three months until, after a game, I remember he came to me in the dressing room and gave me a high-five Everyone was like ‘finally’ because we were best friends together, Vida and me. We have a deep story together.

“I love him so much. We struggled but we were really real, me and him. If we were doing something wrong, we’d argue but, in the same way, it was a really great relationship.”

Evra wasn’t keen on revealing who won the fight, though, and when another former teammate, Wes Brown, asked him who came out victorious as he didn’t remember it, Evra replied: “You weren’t there. You went to Sunderland and you played PlayStation!”

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