Berbatov was a star at United (Picture: Getty)

Dimitar Berbatov has revealed Nemanja Vidic was the toughest opponent he faced during his playing career.

The Manchester United legend played with and against Vidic in the Premier League, having joined the Red Devils from Tottenham in 2008.

Berbatov, who spent two years at Fulham after leaving United, would end his Premier League career just four strikes shy of 100 goals.

Asked by talkSport who his toughest opponent was, he said: ‘I always say one name, first I played against him and then with him and it was Vidic.’

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Berbatov would win two Premier League titles alongside Vidic at United and would collect a runners-up medal in the Champions League in 2009.

But the striker was dropped completely from the squad that lost to Barcelona in the Champions League final in 2011.

Sir Alex Ferguson decided to include Michael Owen ahead of Berbatov in the squad and the Bulgarian admitted it was a big blow.

Vidic and Berbatov played with and against each other (Picture: Getty)

‘It was just before the game, he called me and said “Berbs, it’s killing me, but I need to leave you out”,’ Berbatov told talkSPORT.

‘So it was like that and it was painful to hear that because I was a goalscorer of the team and of the Premier League.

‘I was surprised because I felt so confident if I can shoot from somewhere, it’s going to go in.

‘So that was a surprise for me, but in the end it was like that.’

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