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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 June, 2003, 03:44 GMT 04:44 UK
Vidic boosts Man Utd hope
By Nada Grkinic
BBC Sport at the Walkers Stadium

Serbia & Montenegro defender Nemanja Vidic grapples with Wayne Rooney
Vidic may meet Wayne Rooney in the Premiership one day
Serbia & Montenegro defender Nemanja Vidic has admitted to being "flattered" by Manchester United's reported interest in him.

The 21-year-old centre-half has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, with Red Star Belgrade claiming earlier in the season that United had enquired about a possible deal.

And Sir Alex Ferguson was said to be ready to run the rule over Vidic against England in the friendly at the Walkers Stadium.

The promising Vidic produced a solid defensive display against Sven-Goran Eriksson's men.

And despite conceding the free-kick from which Joe Cole scored the winner in England's 2-1 victory, Vidic showed why several leading European clubs are keen to sign him.

"I think it is always flattering to be linked with a club such as Manchester United," he told BBC Sport.

"I have read the about their interest in several newspapers, and as far as I know they have not made a concrete offer for me.

"I am flattered, but I cannot really think about it until such time when and if United make a firm bid to Red Star Belgrade.

I thought England played well but we deserved at least a draw
Nemanja Vidic
"If that happened, obviously I would be delighted.

"I am still a Red Star player, but if they wanted to sell me then that would be their decision - it's not down to me.

"I would love to play in the Premiership, especially after the experience of this evening.

"The crowd was fantastic and it would be great to play in the Premiership where there are so many great games."

Vidic has steadily enhanced his reputation as one of Serbia & Montenegro's rising stars, with coach Dejan Savicevic quick to promote him to the senior set-up.

Serbia & Montenegro face Finland in their next Euro 2004 qualifier, and Vidic insisted the friendly against England had proved a useful exercise.

"I thought England played well against us, but we performed well too," he added.

"Although I am disappointed to have committed the foul that resulted in the winning free-kick, I felt we deserved at least a draw."




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