sufferered in December ruled the Serbian out for around eight months, forcing him to watch from the stands as the title was lost to Manchester City on goal difference.
Thankfully, United's defensive talisman returned for the 2012/13 campaign, helping the Reds reclaim the championship crown at a canter, featuring in 23 matches despite a handful of niggles.
With great humility, after the final home match, he even afforded the honour of raising the Premier League trophy to Sir Alex Ferguson following his decision to retire from football.
Today, Vidic remains a behemoth presence at the back and
his leadership, experience and wisdom will be absolutely pivotal as United enter a brave new world under manager David Moyes.
Thankfully, at just a shade over 30 years old, there are plenty more years of defensive supremacy ahead.