Vidic, along with Sir Alex Ferguson who picked up his ninth Barclays Manager of the Season Award, was recognised for an enthralling season which saw the Red Devils wrestle with Liverpool for the Barclays Premier League crown, before sealing the title with a 0-0 draw at home to Arsenal on the penultimate weekend of the season.

Despite a stuttering start to the campaign which saw Ferguson's men pick up just one win from their opening four matches, United kick-started their season with a 2-0 home victory over Bolton Wanderers.

late surge

After a 2-1 reverse to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in November, United embarked on an unbeaten run of 16 league matches including an astonishing sequence of 14 clean sheets, setting an all-time Barclays Premier League record in the process.

Vidic was instrumental at the heart of the United defence throughout this spell and has also garnered a reputation for being a real threat from set-pieces, contributing a vital last-minute strike in the 1-0 win over Sunderland as well as the opening goal in the 3-0 victory over rivals Chelsea.

Despite a late surge from Rafael Benitez's Liverpool side, United held firm to win their 11th Barclays Premier League title since 1993. Vidic, who won January's Barclays Player of the Month award, made 34 appearances in the Barclays Premier League this season, scoring four goals.

Vidic has now claimed three consecutive Barclays Premier League titles - and been named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Season for the past two years. Other honours include the FIFA World Cup (2008), FA Cup (2007) and the Carling Cup (2006).

The decision was made by the Barclays Awards Panel, which includes representatives from football's governing bodies, the media and fans.