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May: Rio and Vidic new Pally and Bruce

Former Manchester United defender David May believes that Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand's defensive partnership is as good as that of legendary Old Trafford centre-backs Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister.

Bruce and Pallister marshalled United's backline together for seven years and played an integral role in United's Premier League title triumph in 1992-93, the first time the club had won the league championship in 26 years.

The English pair went on to win a league and cup double in 1993-94 and 1995-96, though Bruce was plagued by injuries in the latter season, with May stepping in on a number of occasions to partner Pallister.

Ferdinand and Vidic have been United's first-choice defensive partnership since the start of the 2006-07 season, after the Serbian initally endured a difficult start to his Old Trafford career following a move from Spartak Moscow in January 2006.

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