Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed the old-fashioned defensive qualities of Nemanja Vidic and backed the tough-tackling Serbian to deliver goals for Manchester United this season as well.

Vidic was an outstanding performer in Wednesday´s Champions League triumph over Sporting Lisbon where, just four days after netting a crucial winner at Everton, the 25-year-old kept Sporting at arm´s length with an impressive display of no-nonsense defending in Portugal which guided United towards a fourth successive win.

"Nemanja reminds me of Steve Bruce in the sense he always asks a question of defenders. He wants to know whether they have the courage to put their head in front of his," said Ferguson. "There is no question he can play, there is not a doubt about it. But he doesn´t mess about in terms of clearing the ball. He acts like a defender."

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