Vidic ready to deliver psychological blow to title rivals with victory

18 February 2009 09:04
Nemanja Vidic says Manchester United can land a major psychological blow bywinning their game in hand against Fulham tonight.

The match was originally due to be played last August but was postponed due toUnited's presence in the European Super Cup between the winners of the ChampionsLeague and the UEFA Cup.

Since then, Sir Alex Ferguson's men have been lagging behind on the fixture list, feeling the precise state of the Premier League would not be established until the matches evened themselves out.

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Little did United think they would be five points clear of second-placed Liverpool, eight in front of Aston Villa and 10 ahead of Chelsea, which is the prize on offer for victory at Old Trafford.

'Psychologically it would be very good to win this game in hand,' said Vidic.

'It will be difficult but we are determined to get the victory because when this match is over, we will have played the same number of games as everyone else.

'Most of the time we have been a few points behind but if we beat Fulham we will be in a very good position.'

After keeping 13 successive clean sheets in the league, it is perhaps no surprise United should find themselves on their present lofty perch.

But the Carling Cup finalists are still shocked at how quickly they have gained the upper hand given their fears heading to Japan for the Club World Cup in December.

'Immediately before that tournament we drew with Tottenham and were thinking how the table would look when we got back," said Vidic.

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'But no-one took advantage and this is a time of year when we have always done well, so once we started playing our matches again, we caught up pretty quickly.'

Like Edwin van der Sar, Vidic has been an ever-present member of the United defence during their record-breaking run.

Little wonder the tough-tackling Serbian has been installed as favourite for the PFA Player of the Year prize, despite the growing clamour for team-mate Ryan Giggs to win the prestigious award, and attracted admiring glances from AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Not that Vidic has any intention of going anywhere just yet, having relished the three years he has already spent at Old Trafford.

'I have improved my abilities and I have been part of a team that has won trophies and become part of the history of the club," said the 27-year-old.

'It was definitely a good choice to join United, not that I ever worried whether it would be.

'It is always nice to break records and win things but that is something I will enjoy more when I have finished playing.

'Then I want to be able to say I worked hard and won a lot of things. But for now, there is no time to enjoy the trophies. You just think about each game.'

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