As Manchester United desperately tried to patch up their injured combatants last season, one man held their defensive unit together - Nemanja Vidic.
With Rio Ferdinand battling a series of niggling injuries, Vidic was given the captain's armband and the Serbian thrived under the pressure.
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Week in, week out, no matter who he was partnered with at the the heart of defence, Vidic played with a mix of intensity and calm assurance.
Such was his ability to adapt to his partner, that whoever he played alongside made a seamless transition into the team - whether they were a deputy or first team regular.
In this video Vidic outlines the key to forging defensive partnerships with different players, from inexperienced talents to seasoned veterans.
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