Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has sparked a backlash from some Manchester United fans by claiming Virgil van Dijk is a better defender than Nemanja Vidic.
Carragher jumped into Van Dijk’s defensive position on Twitter on Monday morning after the Liverpool star performed poorly again in the weekend’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal.
Van Dijk was responsible for Arsenal’s opener when he attempted to clear the ball and accidentally put the ball in front of Gabriel Martinelli. The Brazilian winger continued to poke the ball into the back of the net.
After Van Dijk’s underwhelming performance – just one of several for the 31-year-old this season – a football fan account on Twitter criticized him for being compared to the Premier League’s greatest defenders such as Rio Ferdinand. The comparisons expressed disappointment with John Terry, Vincent Kompany and Nemanja Vidic.
Carragher hit back: “VVD is far better than the top CB Vidic, but have you forgotten his performance against Torres?”
The Liverpool legend added, “‘Rio & JT, like all players, have had bad seasons in their careers and VVD is doing the same now. CB in the PL era has never had the same effect on a team as VVD Influence.”
VVD is far better than top CB Vidic, but did you forget what he did against Torres?
Like all players, Rio & JT have had bad seasons in their careers, VVD has one now too.
The CB in the PL era has never had the same impact on a team as VVD. https://t.co/rZ7vfHRN7d
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) April 10, 2023
“Never mind the best CB in the league, he was the best player in the league with KDB for four years before this.”
“We’ve never said before that other CBs are the best players, and it shows his level.”
Never mind the best CB in the league, he was the best player in the league with KDB for four years prior to this.
We’ve never talked about other CB’s being the best player before and it shows his level. https://t.co/1Igh7tMikM
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) April 10, 2023
As expected, Carragher’s statement was not well-received by United fans, who pointed to Vidic’s stats being far better than Van Dijk’s.
Vidic clearly outperforms Van Dijk in many metrics such as match winners, tackles won, last man tackles, trophies won, clean sheets, individual awards won, aerial duels and wins registered .
???????? Nemanja Vidic’s stats against Virgil Van Dijk in the Premier League are as follows:
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— UtdPlug (@UtdPlug) April 10, 2023
Sports journalist Andy Mitten reports that he spoke to Vidic about his infamous performance against Torres in 2009, which Carragher used as a platform to make absurd claims that Van Dijk was superior to the Serb.
Mitten said Vidic firmly dismissed the idea that he would often take on Torres.
Vidic told Mitten, “It was a game. The story developed. I went for the header, changed my mind and tried to pass the ball to Edwin van der Sar. I misjudged the distance; Torres scored. He always It’s about creating chances, but Drogba is tougher and it’s always on you.”
I said to NV: “People said: ‘You had a tough game with Torres’ – it was a game. The story has developed. I went for the header, changed my mind and tried to pass to EVDS. I misjudged the distance; Torres Goal scored. He always creates chances but Drogba is tougher and always on you”
— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) April 10, 2023
Vidic’s former partner Rio Ferdinand also launched a firm defense against his former team-mate.talking about his five people resonance YouTube channel Ferdinand dismantles Carragher’s reasoning and unfounded conclusions.
Ferdinand said: “Liverpool are defending. I don’t know what I see now! I can’t understand it. For the past few years, Van Dijk has been arguably the best defender in the world. He looks like a shadow of himself. , obviously, he’s out of shape.”
“I saw Jamie Carragher tweeting that Van Dijk was better than Vidic and I don’t know why. He mentioned Torres.”
“I think Torres scored three goals in 15 games against Vidic. Think it’s a myth. He’s had some dodgy moments in those games and a few sent offs, but that’s magnified as Said he was tortured every time he played against Torres, but that’s not true. 3 goals in 15 games.”
Ferdinand pointed out that Rashford has scored six goals in 13 games against Liverpool. Just as this statistic does not mean that Manchester United’s No. 10 is tormenting Van Dijk, Torres’ three goals do not mean He was always better than Vidic.
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