Appearances and Goals
League: 32 apps, 1 goal
FA Cup: 3 apps
Carling Cup: 0
Europe: 9 apps
Other: 1 app
Season total: 45 apps, 1 goal
Club total: 98 apps, 5 goals
Everton 0 United 1
15 September 2007
Ronaldo, Rooney and Tevez amassed more than 50 league goals in 2007/08 – but Vidic was off the mark before them with the winner at Everton. After nullifying Andy Johnson’s pace and Yakubu’s power, he nodded home Nani’s 83rd-minute corner.
The former Belgrade boy is a rock in defence, and his play bears more than a passing resemblance to that of Brucey...
A Christmas Day delivery to Sir Alex Ferguson in 2005, Vidic is a Scrooge when it comes to giving away time and space and the scourge of opposing strikers across the continent.
The big Serbian has been a rock at the centre of the meanest defence in both the Premier League and the Champions League, and his partnership with Rio Ferdinand is increasingly proving to be the Noughties’ answer to the Nineties’ classic axis of Bruce and Pallister.
Such is Vida’s command of situations that his cautions were few and far between during 2007/08 – after two early-season bookings against Portsmouth and Sunderland, Nemanja’s name wasn’t taken down by a referee for another three months. His yellow cards were similarly scarce in the New Year, even when referee Alan Wiley was waving them to others left, right and centre in the 4-0 FA Cup victory over arch-rivals Arsenal.
That was another occasion when heavyweight visitors to Old