Nemanja Vidic has proved over the years to be a warrior of a defender for Manchester United: uncompromising in battle, solid as a rock at the heart of the defence and, as captain, he has led by example on the pitch.
Formidable in the tackle and towering in the air, the Serbian made himself one of the Premier League's most feared defenders and a key factor in a prolific spell of success at Old Trafford.
Vida, as he's known, began his career with boyhood club Red Star Belgrade, joining their youth programme at 14. His first team debut arrived in 2001 and he went on to make 22 appearances in his maiden season.
His stay with Red Star ended with a domestic league and cup double before switching to Russian outfit Spartak Moscow in August 2004. Just 39 games and four goals later, United came calling and the Reds announced his signing on Christmas Day, 2005.
Without a game in two months, due to the Russian season's early climax, Nemanja took time to shine as he acclimatised to the English game but