The decision was a surprise to many but as alternative choices Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand all missed the trip to Turkey for tonight's Champions League encounter with Bursaspor, it appears Ferguson made the correct decision to go with Vidic, who is already proving to be a sturdy leader.
"We had to choose someone we felt was going to be fit and playing every week," said Ferguson.
"That is difficult when you rotate the squad the way we do.
"We felt Vidic was closest to that. And he is a defender and I always think they make better captains."