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Vidic stands strong for United

20 Mar 2010 13:32:55

Vidic stands strong for United

emanja Vidic will not be haunted by his Liverpool nemesis at Old Trafford on Sunday insists Sir Alex Ferguson. The Reds' Serbian defender has suffered the unenviable record of being sent off in the last three matches against Rafa Benitez's side. In September 2008, Vidic was given his marching orders by referee Howard Webb for two yellow cards. Last spring in the Old Trafford return he hauled down Steven Gerrard and was issued a straight red by Alan Wiley. And this season he was given two yellows, again at Anfield, this time by Andre Marriner. "The two at Anfield were definitely influenced by the Liverpool players and the crowd," said Sir Alex. "I have looked at them again and I don't think they were actually serious. They were yellow cards. But it won't affect him." On the contrary, the reforming of the Vidic-Rio Ferdinand axis in the middle of the back four is seen by the United manager as a major plus in the run-in. Torres respect "What we have seen with Ferdinand and Vidic coming back is a far better stature about the back four for a start," he added. "Their experience and knowledge of each other's play is down to that. They are looking strong. They will improve because the length of time they have been out, games are going to help them. I am delighted they are both back now." Vidic had a torrid time containing Fernando Torres at Old Trafford last spring and the Anfield boss Rafa Benitez believes had they had the Spaniard fit all term, Liverpool would be among the title challengers. "It's possible. I think he is right there," added Fergie. "He is a top player. When you don't have your top players you don't get top results. It happened to us when all our defenders were injured. We went to Fulham with midfielders playing centre back, what do you expect? "That was a fragile moment for our club. The back four was changing every game so you don't expect the best results without the best players. That applies to every team. "With a few coming back we just got over the hill. We climbed over it. I have Jonny Evans and Gary Neville fit. "Evra has been fantastic this season and getting Edwin van der Sar back was crucial. It does give us a far more solid look." What is your prediction for the game? Have your say.


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