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Having signed for Manchester United in 2006, Nemanja Vidic went on to write his name into Old Trafford folklore.

The aggressive centre-back spent eight years in the north west before leaving for Inter Milan in 2014 having won 10 major pieces of silverware – including five Premier League titles and the Champions League.

Vidic is a Premier League great, but things could have been very different if Arsenal had listened to a piece advice given to them by Goran Milosavljevic, a journeyman Serbian footballer, who started scouting for the Gunners in 2003.

Milosavljevic, who had a brief stint in England as a player for Chester, identified Vidic as a player that Arsenal should bring in but he has now revealed that the Gunners knocked back his reccomendation about the defender.

During an interview with the Chester Chronicle, Milosavljevic said: “I worked with Arsenal closely for 15 years when Arsene Wenger was there.

“Early on it took time to get people to trust you with players. I remember in 2005 with Nemanja Vidic when he was playing for Spartak Moscow. I told Arsenal that he is a quality player and someone that they should sign. I had known him since he had been playing for Red Star Belgrade.

“But they didn’t trust my judgement on the player and nothing happened and he ended up signing for Manchester United a year later. He could have ended up playing for Arsenal if they would have trusted me on that one.”

Another player who Arsenal opted against moving for despite Milosavljevic’s recommendation is Luka Milivojevic, who has made a name for himself in recent seasons following his move to Crystal Palace.


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