Sir Alex Ferguson once got so “sick of records chat” that he took players out of his starting XI to prevent it from continuing, former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has revealed.

The Scot is regarded as the most successful manager in Premier League history, with 13 titles to his name as well as securing the 1998/99 treble.

It also saw him secure several records at Old Trafford in unbeaten runs and most wins for a campaign.

But Vidic, who won five Premier League titles and a Champions League at Old Trafford, said this did not always go down well with the 78-year-old.

Sir Alex Ferguson once got so 'sick of records chat' that he took dramatic action to end it
Sir Alex Ferguson once got so 'sick of records chat' that he took dramatic action to end it

Speaking on United’s website, Vidic said: “I still remember, actually, the run we had in 2008/09, where we didn’t concede a goal for 14 Premier League games in a row.

“I think me and Edwin were the only players who played every game of that run.

“People were talking about records, and I think maybe Fergie was sick of that, so when we had a game against Blackburn at Old Trafford, he said to me and Ed ‘guys, bench’.

The defence were on a run of 14 Premier League games without conceding a goal, largely thanks to Nemanja Vidic and Edwin van der Sar
The defence were on a run of 14 Premier League games without conceding a goal, largely thanks to Nemanja Vidic and Edwin van der Sar

“I still clearly remember sitting there when Blackburn scored and the run ended that day!”

But the defender suggested it helped solidify a relationship between Sir Alex’s players on the pitch.

“It was a great record to have, but it isn’t just about getting a record; it’s about giving belief to yourself and to the players you play with,” Vidic added.

But Sir Alex decided to bench both of them – and they watched as Blackburn ended the run
But Sir Alex decided to bench both of them – and they watched as Blackburn ended the run

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“When we started winning those matches, we had the five or six players at the back all defending more than the front players because you understand that if you keep the 0-0 for the first half, you know that the players you have upfront, with the ability of Wayne Rooney, Crisitano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Robin Van Persie, Berba, Tevez...you have great players upfront at that time, so you know that if you keep your part of the job, keep a clean sheet, you know you have a big chance of winning the game.

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“That’s helping the forwards too, knowing that they can be relaxed. They can think ‘If we score one or two goals then we win the match, because the defence does not concede’.

“So it goes both directions. We know the attackers will score in every game, the attackers know we will probably keep a clean sheet.

“It keeps it all functioning well. That’s what this record gives you – belief.”

It comes as Sir Alex revealed Jurgen Klopp, the new LMA Manager of the Year, once called him at 3am.