Tall, uncompromising and solid as a rock: Nemanja Vidic is the epitome of what a Manchester United captain should aspire to.
Relentless in the tackle and formidable in the air, the Serbian powerhouse has become one of the Premier League’s most-feared defenders and a key factor in United's recent silverware haul.
Vida, as he's affectionately known, began his career with boyhood club Red Star Belgrade, joining their youth programme at 14. His first-team debut didn't arrive until 2001 but he went on to make 22 appearances in his first 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 some time to shine but after finding his feet, began to show his unquestionable class. Unfortunately, a collarbone injury sustained at the end of March 2007 kept him out of the title run-in, but his performances had already inspired a rousing song from the fans.