Filipovic told The Sun: “It was a very good step for him to go to United and maybe he could go on to be the best defender in the world.
“Fabio Cannavaro is a defender and is the World Player of the Year. If you ask me Vidic can do the same.
“Alex Ferguson is a great coach and I have been watching many of United’s games and I’m so happy and proud that people in England are giving Vidic the recognition he deserves.
“A few months ago I asked him to bring me one of his Manchester United shirts, which he did when he was back for an international.
“He even signed it for me and I’ve got it in my house . . . not bad.”