With speculation concerning his Manchester United future mounting, captain Nemanja Vidic made the brave decision last night to announce that he intends to leave the Premier League champions when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Now, while it would perhaps be fair to suggest that Vidic is some way past his dominant best, such news will surely still disappoint Manchester United fans given the eight years of tremendous service that he has given to the club.

As well as being a solid and physical defender who formed a superb partnership with fellow centre-back Rio Ferdinand at Old Trafford, Serbian international Vidic also led by example as United skipper with bravery and admirable leadership.

Vidic's decision to leave Manchester United got us thinking about some of the best captains to have featured in the modern Premier League era.

So here, we decided to list eight of the most inspirational captains to have played during that particular time in the top-flight*.

Click on to view our choices and, as ever, please don't forget to leave your thoughts in the comment box provided below.

Do you agree? Are these eight of the most inspirational captains to have donned the armband in recent Premier League history?

Perhaps you disagree with one or more of our choices or feel that we have made any glaring or noteworthy omissions? Don't be shy!

*Note, we haven't put this particular eight in any order, that's something we would like to hear from you on... let us know what order you think they should go in below!

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