Nemanja Vidic issues warning

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has stated that his team are the team to beat, and are favourites to kick on and win the Premier League title.

The Red Devils are currently three points adrift of cross-town rivals Manchester City at the top of the Premier League standings, but despite Roberto Mancini’s men improving this season, Vidic feels United will have a successful season.

“If you look at our history and commitment, you know we like to win all trophies and I believe we are the team in Manchester who will keep doing that every year,’ the Serbian centre back told the Manchester Evening News.

“Of course we are confident. We are challenging for the title and we are only three points behind City.

“We have had problems with injuries but I think against Arsenal this weekend we have a good chance. We have a few players back which will help the manager. We have a good squad – a good balance between experience and youth,” he stated.

Vidic is out for the remainder of the season after undergoing an operation on his knee, and has targeted a return for the start of 2012/13.

“Everything is going well. I had my operation three weeks ago, it’s progressing in the right way.

“I still have a long way to go but I will be patient. I have motivation to work hard and I want to be back as soon as possible.

“I want to be fit and at the same level I was at before the injury. That will push me to work hard. There is no timescale for my return. It’s not about targeting a date but I hope I will be right for the start of the season,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight