Vidic: “These are the games you want to play in”

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United travel to Anfield on Sunday in what has regularly been one of our most difficult away fixtures of the season.

This year will be no different and with Hillsborough firmly in the media spotlight, emotions will be running high come kick-off.

“If you look over the last few years, it doesn’t matter how they are playing or how many points they’ve got, Liverpool always have a good game against United. They’ll be strong, they’ll be aggressive and they obviously have strong support from their fans.” Nemanja Vidic

Speaking to about the game, Nemanja Vidic believes that the team are ready for what will be a difficult 90 minutes on Sunday.

He said: “These are the games you want to play in. There’s always a good atmosphere, our fans give us great support at Anfield.

“We’ll go there to enjoy the game and play good football. We’re in good shape at the moment, we have a few players back from injuries and I think we will prepare well for this game.”

“It’s a different game. Form does not give any team an advantage. It’s a game by itself. We have to think about that. We’re not going there as favourites, we just have an equal chance of winning.”

Neither team has been in particularly inspiring form going into Sunday. United survived a nervy game with a 1-0 win over Galatasaray in the Champions League and Liverpool beat Young Boys 5-3 in the Europa League.

The big difference is that United played their strongest XI whereas Liverpool rested the majority of their first team squad. Come Sunday, hopefully our players would of had time to recover.

Despite the  tough fixture, Nemanja Vidic was just happy to come away with three points.

“I believe we were a bit nervous because of the experience of last year. Sometimes this mentality, this pressure can cause you problems as it did in the first half. In the second half, we responded a bit better, we had better chances and I think we should be happy in the end with the three points.” Nemanja Vidic

He said: “It was a tough game. We started well and scored the goal. They had a few chances but I think we had more overall and, in the end, I think we were the better team and we deserved to win this game.

“We knew how important it was to win the first game and we did it. Now we can move forward and work on the next game.”

The last time Manchester United won at Anfield was in the 2007/8 season, so recent history is against us but as with any derby, anything can happen.

One thing is for sure, it is going to be an extremely tense, nervy affair – as it always it at Anfield.

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