17/05/2009 22:13, Report by Ben Hibbs
Vidic does the double
Nemanja Vidic was named Player of the Year by United fans and his team-mates at the Reds' end-of-season awards night at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Just 24 hours after Sir Alex and his men were crowned Barclays Premier League champions for a third successive year, the Reds were clearly still in partying mood. The squad turned out in style for a star-studded event in Old Trafford's Manchester Suite.
Vidic collected the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year accolade, voted for by fans on ManUtd.com, and the Players' Player trophy to a well-deserved standing ovation.
"I am honoured," said Vidic. "It is amazing to win these awards, especially when I consider the quality of the players I play alongside.
"I would like to say thank you to the fans and to my team-mates. I enjoy being here every day and playing with these players and working with the coaches. I'm very happy here."
The Reds' defence was key in the team's title success, the Club World Cup and Carling Cup triumphs, and in reaching the Champions League final, and Vidic has been the central pillar around which United's rock-solid rearguard has been built.
Vida wasn't the only winner on the night.