Nemanja Vidic officially awarded the armband

Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed today that Nemanja Vidic is now Manchester United’s captain on the pitch. Gary Neville will remain the official club captain, but the honor of wearing the armband now belongs to the Serbian centre back. Having worn the armband for early season fixtures, there was uncertainty whether Vidic would retain the armband once Rio Ferdinand returned from his long-term injury, but the speculation can now be brought to a close.

Many thought that Rio’s return against Rangers would finally provide an answer to the question of United’s captaincy, but the gaffer decided to rest Vidic against the Scottish champions. Sir Alex has now moved to clarify the situation, naming Vidic his skipper regardless of who else is on the pitch.

Sir Alex said the following in an interview with MUTV: “We want [the captain] to be a player who’s consistently available for us. Everyone will recongise that if Vidic is fit – and he has been all season – he’ll always be there. You wouldn’t leave him out of your team unless you were resting him.”

The doubts surrounding Neville and Rio’s fitness has apparently ruled them out for the armband; however, Neville will remain the club’s official captain. While he will no longer wear the armband, he is still the captain in a more symbolic and diplomatic sense. He is a highly recognizable figure at the club and is truly the heart of soul of the squad. Legends like Neville, Ryan Giggs, and Paul Scholes may not play every match at this point and may no longer wear the armband, but they are still exemplary examples for the squad to look to for leadership.

I believe handing the armband to Vidic is a good move on Sir Alex’s part. While there is no questioning both Neville and Rio’s leadership credentials, their proneness to injury is a concern and we can’t afford to be passing around the armband every match. Vidic is a guaranteed member of the starting XI and his wearing of the armband will bring some consistency to the team.

Vidic leads by example and is consistently one of our best players throughout the season. While we may not be first in the league, Vidic has gotten off to a superb start as captain having lifted the Community Shield in August. Less than two months as skipper and he already claimed a piece of silverware; the armband has certainly been placed into good hands.

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