When clean sheets prove hard to come by, keeping the number of conceded goals to a minimum is a close second best for Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic.
Since his return from injury before Christmas, the club skipper has been a vital part in United’s bid to keep their goal in lockdown and protect iffy goalkeeper David de Gea.
And despite only tasted back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League once this season, the Reds have only shipped six goals in their last eight games, proving that their fighting spirit is stronger than ever.
“You have to show character,” he told the club’s official website. “Sometimes even when it’s not happening for you. You have to defend and I think the whole team was pushed to the limits physically [against Southampton].”
The league leaders travel to Craven Cottage hoping to overcome the Londoners for the second time in a week.
But having been forced to come back against Southampton for the second time this season, Vidic is putting a positive spin on their ability to concede early but still finish with three points as they prepare to take on Fulham.
“Away games are always hard so we need to think about that,” he added. “It’s a good position we’re in. It’s important to win games, especially at this stage of the season, and every game now is important.
“We know that we have to forget the games that come before and always focus on the next ones. Nothing is finished yet. There is a long way to go but we’re in a good position.”
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