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Vidić: Foreign players don't understand what Fergie's saying

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidić claims that foreign players at the club have some difficulties with Sir Alex Ferguson's Scottish accent.

But he accepts the Old Trafford gaffer, known for infamous hairdryer rants, must be getting his message across somehow after winning the Premier League 10 times and the Champions League twice.

The 27-year-old could hardly speak a word of English when he joined the club three years ago but is far more confident now.

However, that still doesn’t always help him and United’s other overseas buys when it comes to those all-important team talks.

He told The Sun: "I had problems at the beginning to understand him well.

"He’s been here more than 20 years but he has preserved the thick Scottish accent.

"A lot of players don’t catch what he’s saying, especially foreign players, but our results confirm he is getting the message across.

"The manager doesn’t talk much. He keeps it succinct and to the point.

"We play a lot of games over the course of the season and there’s not enough time for lengthy talks and analyses."

Vidić, who became the first Serbian to be shortlisted for the coveted Ballon d’Or award, says he understands English for the most important terms of football.

He added: "When I came here I didn’t speak the language. I took a course at the beginning of my time here but I gave it up after only two or three lessons.

"I mastered it in the dressing room as I was forced. What I didn’t understand I asked someone to explain to me.

"But now when I give an interview in English, it’s all smooth.

"Questions are always similar and you quickly learn to communicate. Key words are ‘three points’, ‘win’ and ‘trophies’."

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