"We thought we should have a consistent captain and Gary agrees with me on this. If he was available all the time, he would still be the captain and he would have been captain on Saturday, but injuries have prevented from him playing every week.
"I have to look at the overall picture and with all due respect to Gary's time at United, he knows himself and I know that we don't play him in every game. I'm looking for someone who will be playing every week - that's part of the criteria to be the captain of our team."
Vidic would appear to fit the bill, and has been skipper for all of United's five games so far this season - starting with the Community Shield at Wembley. But when asked if Rio's return would alter the situation, the boss replied "No comment" before going on to say:
"I haven't discussed it yet as to what we'll do with the captaincy if Rio plays tomorrow."
Neville himself pointed to the number of players who have worn the armband in his absence through injury - not only Vidic and Ferdinand but also