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"Nemanja has started the campaign as the captain and it will stay that way."

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17/09/2010 15:57, Report by Nick Coppack

Vidic retains armband

Sir Alex has confirmed Nemanja Vidic will lead United out against Liverpool on Sunday, regardless of who else is picked in the starting XI.

Indeed, the Serbian defender will continue to skipper the Reds on the pitch – Gary Neville remains the official club captain – until further notice.

Rio Ferdinand wore the armband on Tuesday night against Rangers (Vidic did not play), prompting speculation that he may retain the honour on Sunday. But Sir Alex insists Vidic is the man to lead United, both against Liverpool and beyond.

"We want [the captain] to be a player who's consistently available for us," he told MUTV. "Everyone will recongise that if Vidic is fit – and he has been all season – he'll always be there. You wouldn't leave him out of your team unless you were resting him.

"He's started the campaign as the captain and it will stay that way."

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