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Nemanja will put his body on the line for the United cause and, despite rumours that he's on his way out of Old Trafford, he says he's committed to United in 2010/11.

2009/10 appearances/goals: Premier League 23/1; Carling Cup 2/0; Champions League 7/0; Total 32/1

Season soundbite: “You’ve got to deal with aerial balls all day at Bolton and it required some fantastic defending. I don’t know how many times Nemanja headed that ball clear but it must have been in the thousands! I got a sore head just watching him!” – Sir Alex Ferguson

In a word: Hard

24/05/2010 09:06, Report by Ben Hibbs
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Player review: Vidic

Injuries and transfer talk brushed aside by a strong season finish...

Story of the season “A lot of my injury problems stemmed from not having a full pre-season,” Nemanja said in April. “Instead I went straight into competitive games.” He was in and out of the team in the first half of the campaign – only Patrice Evra escaped unscathed from the injury curse that tore into the Reds’ rearguard in late 2009. Then a nerve problem in his right leg proved stubborn to overcome and disrupted his involvement at the start of 2010. Sorely missed, but gleefully welcomed back in February, his return was intrinsically linked to United’s New Year form. His presence at the heart of the back four brought a stability that had previously been frustratingly absent - by the end of April he’d played in only half of the Reds’ matches. Better late than never, though, his colossal displays highlighted his importance to the team.

Finest moment Vidic has become a cult figure at Old Trafford for his no-nonsense, all-action, physical approach. Rarely was that more evident than his towering display in the 4-0 win over Bolton at the Reebok Stadium in March. A straightforward win? Hardly. The Reds no.15 sent long ball after long ball back exactly where it came from - he even headed one cross, and with it Darren Fletcher, at one

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