Ryan Giggs: Nemanja Vidic is like Roy Keane and Eric Cantona

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Ryan Giggs: Nemanja Vidic is like Roy Keane and Eric Cantona

Manchester United’s veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs believes that after becoming captain Nemanja Vidic has excelled.  Giggs said that Vidic has the leading capabilities like former legendry captains of United like Roy Keane and Eric Cantona.

The centre back from Serbia was given the captaincy from Gary Neville earlier in the season. Vidic has been in fantastic form this season and has led by example in defence. The centre back has also scored few important goals from set pieces.

Giggs believes that handing Vidic captaincy was a great decision by the boss, and it has certainly improved his overall game.


Giggs said : "Taking over the captaincy can sometimes bring out the best in players, and I think it has with Vida.

"Some players just go up a notch when they get added responsibility. I've seen it happen before with Roy Keane and Eric Cantona”.

Giggs said that Vidic is one of the best defenders in the game, and he leads by example in every Match. He added that his work ethic is something that distinguishes him from others, and he inspires others around him to show the same commitment.

The left footer went on to say that, Vidic has been brilliant this season. He added that the Serbian is a typical old school defender and loves every aspect of defending. Giggs went on to say that battling for possession, tackling hard but fair and giving it his all is what he loves.  The former Welsh captain compared him to the former United player Steve Bruce. He said that Bruce used to put his body on the line without fearing anyone, and that is exactly how Vidic does it.

Vidic would have not enjoyed letting two goals in the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Wolves on the weekend. The loss also broke the winning run for Manchester United this season.  

Before the season began there were some rumours that Vidic may be on his way of Old Trafford. After he captained his team in the world cup, he took some time off while rumours were gathering pace in England. That the Serbian, has decided to leave United and is on his way to Real Madrid. The main reason behind his proposed departure was believed to be his wife, who was said to be unhappy at Manchester. Vidic had earlier publically said that his family has not been able to settle in Manchester and the depressing weather and constant rain is the main reason.

During the off season Manchester United Chief Executive David Gill went to have a meeting with Vidic. Gill managed to convince the centre back that the club was going places, and that he was essential to their plans. He agreed a verbal contract and said that he would sign a 5 year extension once he comes to England.  Later on he did put pen to paper on a contract extension, and Sir Alex showed his confidence in Vidic by handing him the arm band.

Since coming to Manchester United 4 seasons ago, Nemanja Vidic has established himself as a no nonsense defender. He has formed a great partnership with England international Rio Ferdinand and the duo is believed to be the best pairing in Europe. Vidic has already won 3 League titles and one Champions League with United. 


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