Updated: Saturday, 21st September 2019 @ 6:10am

Of course we can be champions again: Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic fires warning to title rivals

Of course we can be champions again: Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic fires warning to title rivals

By John McDougall

Manchester United’s Serbian hardman Nemanja Vidic insists despite a change in the Old Trafford hierarchy, the Red Devils are still the team to beat in the upcoming Premier League campaign.

The champions started their season with victory over Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield at Wembley last weekend, giving new boss David Moyes a taste of silverware.

And though people are intrigued to see how the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era pans out, United’s skipper feels it is up to the players to keep the doubters quiet.  

“People are questioning everyone. They are asking whether we can win the trophy again. Can we still be champions?” he told PA Sport.

“That is not just about the manager, it is the players as well. Can the players perform the same way as they did before? We are trying to train hard to show what we can do.

“We have a good work ethic to start with. We have trained well. Everyone wants to put themselves back into contention to win a trophy.

“I see the hunger. That is going to be important if we are going to win a trophy. I am pleased with that.

“We have slowly been increasing our form and our performances have been getting better. I am pleased with the way we played.”

The Premier League champions begin their title defence at the Liberty Stadium this weekend at Saturday evening.

It is part of a difficult set of opening fixtures which includes games against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City, but is a challenge Vidic is relishing.

“It is the toughest start we have had since I have been here,” he added.

“Obviously the first game is always important, especially when it is away. Swansea will be a tough place to go. They have some new signings.

“I am looking forward to it though. The players want to play big matches. We want to play tough matches. When you play for Manchester United you have to accept that challenge and be ready.”

Picture courtesy of Austin Osuide with thanks.

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