A Manchester United fan account has got over 14,000 retweets for a tweet that suggests Virgil van Dijk’s season pales into insignificance compared to Nemanja Vidic’s in 2008/09.
@TheManUtdWay show that Vidic, United’s formerly world-class central defender, who despite being schooled by Fernando Torres on countless occasions – was very good – made more tackles, blocks, interceptions and clearances than VVD has this term.
But as Paulo Maldini famously said, “If I have to make a tackle then I have already made a mistake.”
These statistics are not reflective of a defender’s performance, because they don’t take into account firstly positioning, but secondly what is actually required in a match.
Van Dijk doesn’t make many tackles, because Liverpool nearly always have the ball and no attacker tries to dribble him anyway.
Van Dijk (this season) vs Vidic (2008/09 season) stats. Van Dijk isn’t even the best defender beginning with the letter V, let alone the best defender in PL history. Put some respect on Nemanja Vidic’s name. pic.twitter.com/8k3ngP4W0W
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) April 30, 2019
As confirmation of this, a Liverpool fan shared a stat that shows Titus Bramble made more blocks, tackles and interceptions than Vidic in the mentioned season for Wigan Athletic!
Did Bramble enjoy a better campaign than Vidic?
Of course he didn’t.
There’s nothing wrong with using stats in football, but when they’re used incorrectly to state facts it’s incredibly annoying.
We hope this is now cleared up.
Bramble > Vidic pic.twitter.com/AL4fPD3qkN
— Shaun (@ShaunlfcT) May 1, 2019