Vidic backs United turnaround
Nemanja Vidic believes Man Utd can resurrect their Champions League hopes without the injured Wayne Rooney.
By Danny Wright
Last Updated: 01/04/10 4:19pm
Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic believes his team are good enough to resurrect their hopes of Champions League progression - even without the injured Wayne Rooney.
Rooney limped off at the end of United's 2-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in their quarter-final tie at the Allianz Arena after suffering an ankle injury that is set to sideline him for four weeks.
That instantly rules the England front man out of next week's return leg at Old Trafford - as well as the crunch Premier League date against Chelsea on Sunday - with United needing a win to have any hope of progressing to the final four.
Rooney was on target in the second minute of an entertaining encounter in Bavaria, although Franck Ribery and Ivica Olic struck back to hand Louis van Gaal's team the upper hand.
But Vidic remains confident Sir Alex Ferguson's team have the required nous to turn the tie around - pointing towards the likes of much-maligned team mate Dimitar Berbatov as the men who can save United.
"We showed this season, we play as a team," said Vidic. "It is not just about one man.
"Definitely Wayne Rooney has had a great season. He is unbelievable, one of the best in the world. But sometimes big players are missing, and others need to be ready.
"Dimitar had a great game against Bolton on Saturday. He is a great footballer. He scored twice himself and can set up goals for other players as well.
"We have a good squad. We just need to believe in ourselves and believe in each other."
With Rooney out, Berbatov is Ferguson's next highest source of goals. The Bulgarian has netted 12 times this campaign, although that is nearly a third of his team mate's 34-strong haul.
But with youngsters Federico Macheda and Mame Biram Diouf the only other front line options, Berbatov will be expected to carry the burden of his team as they set about putting their treble-winning hopes back on track.
Chelsea is the next task awaiting the Old Trafford outfit, though, and a win for United would put them four points clear of Carlo Ancelotti's side with five games remaining.
Vidic accepts his colleagues must improve if that is to happen - however he remained quietly confident both games would see a better showing from the off-character display witnessed in Germany.
The 28-year-old added: "We had all night to think about what went wrong. It was not a great game for us. We should play better and we will need to play better against Chelsea.
"Sometimes when you lose a game and play badly you wake up and realise you need to improve.
"I am not concerned. I was disappointed. But 2-1 is not that bad a result bearing in mind we still have a game at home and I expect us to be stronger."