Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic has heaped praise on his defensive partner Rio Ferdinand following his return to the side in last night’s high profile Champions League encounter.
Ferdinand was playing his first game for two months having recovered from the calf injury sustained in the warm-up in United’s Barclays Premier League away trip to Wolves on 5 February.
'Rolls-Royce' Rio looked as composed as ever, like he had never been away as Sir Alex Ferguson reinstalled his first choice pairing who hardly gave Chelsea's array of attacking talent a sniff at goal for the entire 90minutes.
The astute defensive performance laid the foundation as the Red Devils emerged victorious from Stamford Bridge for the first time in nine years, thanks to a beautifully crafted team goal finished off by, who else but Wayne Rooney.
The goal gives United a 1-0 advantage going into the second leg at Old Trafford next week, and Vidic enthused:
"We're very happy with the result, we played well and kept a clean sheet and got what we wanted before the game.
"In this sort of game it is very important to have experience in the team and with Rio coming back we had that.
"He had a great game, we kept a clean sheet and it showed we did some good things defensively. It was a great game for us," concluded the great Serb.
As United continue their trophy pursuit on three domestic and European fronts, the return of Ferdinand will give Reds fans renewed hope and optimism of emulating the treble winning season of 1998/99.