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16/05/2014 15:00, Report by Mark Froggatt

Rio and Vida top fan poll

Manchester United fans around the world have declared Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic to be the greatest centre-back pairing in the club’s illustrious history. 

The departing Reds were the runaway winners in our poll on which defensive alliance was best, with the other candidates being Jaap Stam and Ronny Johnsen, Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister and Martin Buchan and Gordon McQueen.

The response from fans was fantastic and, impressively, Ferdinand and Vidic gleaned 73 per cent of the many thousands of votes cast on ManUtd.com. 

Bruce and Pallister finished in second place with 16 per cent, followed by Treble winners Stam and Johnsen with seven per cent. 

Buchan and McQueen, a formidable Scottish duo who starred through the late Seventies and early Eighties, earned the remaining four per cent of votes. 

Congratulations to our winners, Rio and Vida, and thank you to everyone who voted.

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