Vidic ready for City fight
Nemanja Vidic expects city rivals Manchester City to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title this season.
Last Updated: 18/07/11 8:25am
Manchester United ace Nemanja Vidic expects city rivals Manchester City to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title this season.
City have spent big in recent seasons assembling a hugely talented squad, although they have yet to be in the reckoning for first place come May.
Despite the potential departure of talisman Carlos Tevez to Corinthians Vidic knows City will be one of the names in the mix for the league crown.
However, he wants his team-mates to focus on their own game as The Red Devils look to make it back-to-back Premier League titles.
"It is clear Manchester City have the money and they will sign new players," said the Serbia defender.
"They will definitely be in position to fight for the league. But we have to focus on ourselves.
"We have to think about what happens at our door, not our neighbours', and I believe we have enough good players and a good team to challenge for the trophy."
United have endured a strange summer. Within a week of lifting a record 19th title, they suffered that chastening UEFA Champions League final defeat to Barcelona.
It leaves supporters unsure about whether to call for additional reinforcements or be happy at the three new faces Sir Alex Ferguson has already brought in - David de Gea, Phil Jones and Ashley Young.
A replacement for now-retired Paul Scholes is the biggest demand, although Vidic can see no reason to panic.
"We still have good players," he continued. "We have important players who can play in that role.
"If you look at what we did over the last few years and how many trophies we have won, a lot of players have played in that position.
"It is the gaffer's judgment about who we need and what we need. As players, we just need to be healthy and work hard."