Vidic named as permanent Manchester United captain

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Nemanja Vidic will captain Manchester United for their clash against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon and for the rest of the season.

Earlier this week the Scot revealed Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs would be handed the role as they begin to appear on a less regular basis. Regular stand-in Rio Ferdinand, meanwhile, has struggled with injuries in recent seasons and missed England’s World Cup campaign.

The 70-year-old United boss was eager to appoint a player who would be regularly available and saw fit to reward Vidic with the armband on a permanent basis.

The Serbian centre-back, who arrived at Old Trafford in 2006 from Spartak Moscow, has been present on three consecutive Barclay’s Premier League Teams of the Season.

“As I explained last week, what we wanted was someone who was consistently available for us,” Ferguson told MUTV.

“Everyone recognises Nemanja Vidic would always be there. He has been fit all season and you don’t leave him out of the team unless you are going to rest him.”

The United boss added: “He started the campaign as captain and it will stay that way.”

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