Manchester United: Nemanja Vidic Is Still a Defensive Force

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst ISeptember 17, 2012

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02:  Jose Fonte of Southampton battles with Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Manchestrer United at St Mary's Stadium on September 2, 2012 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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When Manchester United began its campaign in the 2012-2013 EPL season, there was an unparalleled excitement at the strength of their offensive attack. The addition of Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa bolstered an offense that already had the likes of Wayne Rooney and Nani, just to name a few.

But after the first few games of the new season, the defense has drawn a lot of criticism, particularly because they have conceded a large amount of goals to teams that finish toward the middle and lower end of the EPL.

However, while a lot of the criticism pertains to the play of the wing backs, even Nemanja Vidic has been targeted, especially in a 3-2 win against Southampton.

Although the Serbian defender has now turned 30 years of age, he still plays with similar confidence and strength that United fans admired in his opening seasons as a member of the Red Devils squad.

His sheer ability to tackle and dominance in the air has separated him from center backs all across the EPL and the combination with his fellow United teammate and English national Rio Ferdinand was once a formidable defensive duo. And for the most part, it still is.

Vidic has even expressed his own frustrations with the recent defensive play of the United squad in an interview that was published in, particularly without a consistency in the personnel of the back four. However, he hopes that this "lack of concentration" is only temporary and he and the rest of the defense can focus on claiming an EPL title.

Vidic is still a defensive force. The captain's band that he wears is for a reason. He is a leader on this Manchester United squad and will help the defense turn its current woes around.