Manchester United v Wolfsburg: we can win the Champions League says Nemanja Vidic
29 September 2009 11:01
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Serbia defender Vidic, a Champions League winner against Chelsea in 2008 prior to last season’s final defeat against Barcelona in Rome, is set to continue to injury-interrupted partnership with Rio Ferdinand at the heart of United’s back four against German champions Wolfsburg at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
An unusually shaky performance by Vidic against Barcelona contributed to United’s defeat against the Spanish champions.
But the former Spartak Moscow defender insists that the pain of the Rome defeat, plus United’s ability to deliver in Europe, marks Sir Alex Ferguson’s team out as one of the teams to beat in the Champions League this term.
Vidic said: “We have quality players, so the small details will decide who wins the Champions League title.
“We are still not in the best form, but that is a good thing. You don’t want to be playing you best football at this stage because we have to be ready for the most important games at the end.
“It is a very bad feeling when you go the final and lose. It is a bad memory. But you also have to acknowledge it is better to get to the final and lose than not be there at all.
“Now we need to be stronger. We know how it felt and we need to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.” Wolfsburg arrive at Old Trafford having claimed top spot in Group B with a 4-1 victory over CSKA Moscow in their first game.
Despite being placed amongst the also-rans as fourth seeds, Wolfsburg pose a live threat to United and Vidic expects a tough encounter.
He said: “They’re the German champions and they have quality players, particularly up front. It'll be a hard game and I think we’ll be the two teams fighting for top spot in the group.
"When you don’t know teams or players that well you don’t always know what to expect in games.
“But that’s why we have people at the club, who show us the videos before the game so we can work out exactly how they play.
"It’s a very important part of our preparation – we need to know what to expect from the players we’ll be up against because it’s the small details that can make the difference."