Darren Bent names Man United legend Nemanja Vidic as hardest opponent

‘Nemanja Vidic was horrible, studs two inches long down your calf’: Darren Bent names Manchester United’s legendary defender as his hardest opponent… and reveals he’d often apologise after repeatedly fouling him!

  • Darren Bent has revealed the toughest opponent he ever faced
  • Without hesitation the former England striker plumped for Nemanja Vidic
  • Bent often came up against the Serb at Tottenham, Sunderland and Aston Villa 

Darren Bent has named ‘horrible’ Nemanja Vidic as the toughest opponent he ever came up against in his Premier League career. 

The former England striker scored 106 goals in 276 appearances for Ipswich, Charlton, Tottenham, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Fulham.

But he didn’t always have it his own way, and has revealed just what it was like to come up against Manchester United legend Vidic.

Darren Bent has revealed the toughest opponent he ever faced on a football pitch

When asked who is hardest opponent was on talkSPORT on Wednesday morning, he replied: ‘Vidic, straightaway, no hesitation. Horrible. Solid, absolutely solid. 

‘Studs about two inches long. Honestly, down the back of your achilles, your calf. 

But he also revealed that Vidic would often apologise for his repeated fouling. 

He continued: ‘You know what was funny, every time he’d hit you with like a knee in your back or he’d rake down your calf, he’d go: “Sorry Benty, sorry.”

The former Sunderland striker said that it was ‘horrible’ having to face Nemanja Vidic

The ex-Aston Villa marksman revealed Vidic would often apologise after repeated fouls

‘After he’s done it about four times! But honestly, he was so good as well, he could play. Him and Rio had a really good partnership. 

‘But as far as being horrible and really aggressive, Vidic.’

Serbian centre-back Vidic has gone down as one of the greatest defenders in Premier League history, having lifted five titles in a glittering Old Trafford career. 

Bent enjoyed a prolific Premier League career at clubs including Sunderland and Villa




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