Vidic relishing captaincy role

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson handed the armband to the Serbian at the

start of the season and the team have made an excellent start to

the season. United reclaimed top spot in the Premier League on

Monday by beating Arsenal and stretching their unbeaten start to

the season to 16 top-flight matches – a club record. “I feel very

proud,” Vidic told United Review. “It came as a bit of a surprise

but I am enjoying the role. “You have to think about your

responsibilities – your behaviour, the way you play, the way you

train. I know that I need to set a good example on and off the

pitch. “In terms of my game I do not think anything has changed.

I’ve always talked a lot on the pitch. You have to communicate as a

defender and organise things whether you are captain or not. “I

tend not to think about it (the captaincy) when I’m playing. I am

just focused on doing my best for the team as I have always done.”

Vidic insists there are a number of leaders to help him in the role

at Old Trafford. “The likes of Rio (Ferdinand), Gary (Neville),

Giggsy (Ryan Giggs) Scholesy (Paul Scholes), Edwin (Van der Sar)

set the example,” he said. “The way they help the other players is

fantastic. They have helped me develop and I want to help the

younger lads do the same.” Vidic has a special affinity with his

central defensive partner Ferdinand and added: “Rio and I have a

great understanding on the pitch. “I also have to say Mladen

Krstajic and I had a great relationship for the Serbian national

team. “I am not being disrespectful to the other players I’ve

played with, but the results I’ve achieved with those two players

shows what a good understanding we have. They have both helped me

improve as a player.”