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Ben Foster hated training with Nemanja Vidic at Manchester United 

Ben Foster has revealed the man he hated to train with most when he was at Manchester United was defender Nemanja Vidic. 

Speaking to the Squeaky Bum Time podcast, Foster called the Serbian ‘a scary bloke’ on the training ground, although was completely different off the pitch. 

‘Just talking about Nemanja, off the pitch he was fairly quiet wasn’t he, but on the pitch, in training, that guy was a scary bloke, honestly,’ said Foster. 

Goalkeeper Ben Foster says he hated training with Nemanja Vidic at Manchester United

Goalkeeper Ben Foster says he hated training with Nemanja Vidic at Manchester United

Goalkeeper Ben Foster says he hated training with Nemanja Vidic at Manchester United

He says he was 'horrible' in training, although was completely different off the pitch

He says he was 'horrible' in training, although was completely different off the pitch

He says he was ‘horrible’ in training, although was completely different off the pitch

‘Horrible, honestly he did not care. If we were playing a five-a-side or six-a-side or something, if you were on his team, I used to think “please don’t be on Nemanja’s team, please don’t”. 

‘Because if we didn’t win, if I let a goal in that he thinks I should have done better with, he was letting you know and he would dig you out and he was after everybody. 

‘Honestly he was horrible in training but off the pitch completely different.’ 

Foster was at Manchester United from 2005-2010, although only made 23 first-team appearances for the club, keeping 10 clean sheets.  

Vidic and Rio Ferdinand formed one of the best defensive pairings in Premier League history

Vidic and Rio Ferdinand formed one of the best defensive pairings in Premier League history

Vidic and Rio Ferdinand formed one of the best defensive pairings in Premier League history

By contrast, Vidic played 300 times for the Red Devils, and forged a hugely successful central defensive pairing with Rio Ferdinand, winning five Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy. 

While he didn’t like training with Vidic, Foster doesn’t deny how good United’s defence was at the time.

‘It’s literally the dream,’ he said. ‘You’ve got the two extremes of defenders. You’ve got the most elegant, ball-playing, just taking it all in his stride sort of defender in Rio.  

‘Then you’ve got the absolute workhorse, animal, would happily stick his face in front of a flying boot to stop the ball. It was literally a dream team.’ 

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