Monday, 24 February 2014

Champions League: Nemanja Vidic hoping to leave Manchester United on a high

Nemanja Vidic hopes he can bring the curtain down on his Manchester United career by claiming another European crown.

The Serbian centre-half is to leave Old Trafford at the end of his contract in the summer after eight years in English football.
During that time he has enjoyed five Premier League titles, three League Cup successes, one Club World Cup triumph and a UEFA Champions League win in 2008.

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15. Nemanja Vidic

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If he is to sign off in style this summer, continental glory represents his only chance of lifting more major silverware.
Vidic is convinced that United, for all of their league struggles this term, can go all the way, with the first leg of a last-16 showdown with Olympiakos providing the next step on the road to Lisbon.
He said after Saturday's 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace of his desire to end on a high: "That would be great, but to be fair, I believe we can do something special in the Champions League, I really do.
"If we play solid like we did today, keep our shape, I think we will be a hard team to beat.
"We always have people who can score and that is the way you play in the Champions League - be hard to beat, but be able to score. It's the only trophy we can win now.
"Olympiakos is a tough game away from home. It is hostile and it is difficult to play there, but if we get a good result we can come back to Old Trafford and finish the game.
"It is not going to be an easy task, but we play against Liverpool at Old Trafford soon and I think that is going to be an important match for us."
Nemanja Vidic
"To win the Champions League, you have to defend well as a team. This is the way you should play and that is encouraging for us before we go to Greece."
Winning the Champions League is likely to represent United's best chance of returning to the competition in 2014/15, but Vidic is refusing to throw in the towel on their efforts to squeeze into the Premier League's top four - despite an 11-point gap separating them from fourth-placed Liverpool.
He added: "It is difficult because we are behind and we just have to focus on doing the best we can to get fourth spot.
"It is not going to be an easy task, but we play against Liverpool at Old Trafford soon and I think that is going to be an important match for us."

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