Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has applauded the club’s squad for competing for the title in his absence, and feels that depth in Sir Alex Ferguson’s options is the reason for their current league position.
The Red Devils are five points ahead of rivals Manchester City in the race for first, and the injured Serbian centre half feels this is due to the quality of players at Old Trafford.
“It doesn’t matter who is out, Manchester United never depend on one player. When I’ve been out I had the belief from the beginning we would still win the title,” Vidic told Mirror Football.
“And, if you look at the schedule of the games we have left to play now, we are the favourites.
“If you look at the past, players have left or been out and fans have been worried, but we still win titles and trophies.
“That is why Manchester United are special. That is why the manager is the best at replacing players and finding young players. He showed that over the years.
“I always believed we would challenge for the title. We changed some players last season and others went, but no problem.
“We got some young players. We didn’t expect the young players would play that many games and would have so much influence on the team. This is a great plus for the club.
“Obviously we have had some injuries over the past year, which is another difficult thing we have gone through. We have had so many players get injured at different times. But we have coped and been very competitive with Manchester City.
“Now we are at the top of the league and have a big chance to win it,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight