United skipper Vidic warns City: We'll be the ones winning trophies in Manchester!
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has told rivals Manchester City that the current champions do not fear the league leaders.
Vidic, who is out for the season with a knee injury, insists that Sir Alex Fergsuon's side are still the team to beat despite United trailing City by three points at the top of the Premier League.
The Serbian, 30, cited United's experience and the return from injury of a number of players as reasons for his belief that his side will be top of the pile come the end of May.
Team to beat: United knocked City out of the FA Cup earlier this month
'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,' Vidic told Manchester Evening News.
'Of course we are confident. We are challenging for the title and we are only three points behind City.'
Leading the way: City are three points clear at the top of the Premier League
'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.'
Despite laying down the gauntlet to
their noisy neighbours, Vidic said that it is 'healthy' to have two
strong teams in Manchester.
Skipper: Vidic represented United at the Ballon D'Or gala on January 9
'It’s good for the city to have two football teams doing well – there’s a lot of talk and banter. It’s always healthy to have competition and we don’t mind it. It helps to improve ourselves.'
Vidic's knee, injured against Basel in December, is recovering well after surgery and the United skipper hopes to be fit for the start of next season.
Crocked: The Serb injured his knee against Basel in December
It was orginally feared Vidic could be out for a year and that his career was in danger, but he said: '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.'