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Man Utd legend blanked team-mates for months over spats – Wayne Rooney told him ‘grow up’

Wayne Rooney says he had to tell Nemanja Vidic to grow up after falling out with the defender.

The former Manchester United striker, 38, played with some pretty abrasive characters down the years, but none were quite as vexing as Vidic, 42. According to Wazza, the big Serb would go months without speaking to team-mates if he'd had an argument with them, and it took a mini intervention to snap him out of it.

"Vidic was a nightmare," Rooney said on The Overlap, brought to you by Sky Bet. "He’d have an argument with someone, I remember he didn’t speak to Giggsy [Ryan Giggs] for six months, didn’t speak to Patrice [Evra] for months, he’d have an argument with someone and he just wouldn’t speak to them."

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He added: "I had an argument with him once and I remember that he was going down the same route with me, so I pulled him for a chat and said, 'Grow up, what’s up with you? We’re team-mates'. But it would go on for months, and he was captain at the time."

Vidic's perceived pettiness didn't seem to do him and his club-mates much harm. United won five Premier League titles, three League Cups and the Champions League with the surly centre back in the side. In eight-and-half years at Old Trafford, Vidic racked up 300 appearances for the club and his partnership with Rio Ferdinand is considered one of the finest in English football history.

Arguments and tiffs were commonplace at United under Sir Alex Ferguson, and Rooney claims the players, and the manager, were pretty adept at leaving their animosities in the dressing room on game day.

"I wouldn't say [the arguments] ever affected us in