Nemanja Vidic says he has embraced the responsibility that comes with being captain of Manchester United.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson handed the armband to the Serbian at the start of the season and the team have made an excellent start.
United reclaimed top spot in the Barclays Premier League on Monday by beating Arsenal and stretching their unbeaten start to the season to 16 top-flight matches - a club record.
"I feel very proud," Vidic told United Review. "It came as a bit of a surprise but I am enjoying the role.
"You have to think about your responsibilities - your behaviour, the way you play, the way you train. I know that I need to set a good example on and off the pitch.
"In terms of my game I do not think anything has changed. I've always talked a lot on the pitch. You have to communicate as a defender and organise things whether you are captain or not.
"I tend not to think about it (the captaincy) when I'm playing. I am just focused on doing my best for the team as I have always done."