Premiership Blitz

Nemanja Vidić captains
Man United

A few people were surprised to see Nemanja with the Captain’s armband at the first match of the season. Even fewer thought he would keep it once Rio Ferdinand regained his fitness, but Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed: “He started the campaign as captain and it will stay that way. What we wanted was someone who was consistently available for us”. This is only the second time in United’s long history that their captain is not British. No prizes for guessing that the first one was Eric Cantona.

Elsewhere, there were reports that Vidić also did a huge favour to United’s rivals after Aleksandar Kolarov and Milan Jovanović both claimed that they listened to his advice when opting to join their respective Premiership giants Manchester City and Liverpool this summer.

Nikola Žigić finding his feet

Nikola has finally found his scoring abilities, netting twice in as many weeks for Birmingham City. He has also rubbished reports linking him with a loan move to Sporting Lisbon in January, saying that he is happy at St Andrew’s.

Željko Petrović’s brief encounter

West Ham manager Avram Grant named former Yugoslavian international Željko Petrović as his Assistant Manager. Petrović’s playing career included stints with Sevilla and PSV Eindhoven as well as representing Yugoslavia at the 1998 World Cup. However, after a poor start to the season West Ham sacked him in November. Grant was also keen to secure a loan for promoting the Ajax attacking midfielder and regular Serbia under-21 player Miralem Sulejmani, but the deal fell through after difficulties in obtaining a work permit for Miki.

by Dragan Obrenović