Manchester United can do something special: Nemanja Vidic
On eve of the Olympiakos clash, Veteran defender believes Red Devils are good enough to go all the way and win Champions League trophy
Manchester: Nemanja Vidic believes Manchester United can win the Champions League in what will likely be his final season at the club.
Man United's defender Nemanja Vidic. Pic/AFP
The 32-year-old skipper confirmed earlier this month that he will leave Old Trafford at the end of the current campaign, with Inter having all but finalised a deal to bring the Serbian to San Siro.
And Vidic, despite the side's indifferent form domestically under David Moyes, is convinced he can leave the club on a high and claim a second European trophy with United.
"I believe we can do something special in the Champions League. I really do," the Serbia international told reporters after beating Crystal Palace 2-0.
"I believe that if we keep playing as we did — solid — and improve our form again we have a chance to do something good for the rest of the season. That means fourth place and the Champions League."
United ended a run of three games without victory on Saturday, with Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney both netting at Selhurst Park.
Vidic believes there have been signs of improvement ahead of their Champions League Last 16 away tie against Olympiakos.
"We always believe we can do well, but we know we have to improve in every game and I think we saw some signs (at Palace)," he added.
"To win it you have to defend well as a team. This is the way you should play and that is encouraging for us before we go to Greece."
> Avraam Papadopoulos vs Wayne Rooney
Olympiakos captain Papadopoulos will be charged with the unenviable task of keeping Rooney in check at the Karaiskakis Stadium tonight. The Greece international missed out on this season’s group stage games through injury and will have to make sure Rooney’s recent run of relatively poor goalscoring form continues.
> Alejandro Dominguez vs Ryan Giggs
Argentinian playmaker Dominiguez already has seven goals this season and Giggs will need to make sure he has minimal space to give support to Javier Saviola up front. United’s midfield has faced criticism this year but generally performed well in Europe and Giggs will hope he can inspire a performance similar to their 5-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen.
> Javier Saviola vs Chris Smalling
Now 32, Saviola is a striker with a wealth of experience from spells at Barcelona and Real Madrid. His two goals in the final group stage game against Anderlecht showed he is still dangerous. Smalling is still a raw talent at United but will be keen to impress Moyes after a good performance in the goalless draw at Arsenal.