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WINNING IS WHAT MATTERS TO VIDIC
Mon, Feb 16, 2009
The New Paper

NEMANJA Vidic has no intention of resting on his laurels as Manchester United continue their bid for a trophy cleansweep at Derby County in the FA Cup fifth round tonight.

Sir Alex Ferguson's team has already won the Club World Cup this season and is still in the hunt for the other four competitions it entered.

United are two points clear at the top of the Premier League, face Tottenham in the League Cup final on 1 Mar and are through to the Champions League last-16 where they take on Inter-Milan later this month.

A victory against Nigel Clough's Championship outfit tonight would ease United in the last eight of the FA Cup as well.

Strain

The strain of competing for so many different trophies may prove too much to handle in the end, with the FA Cup fairly low down United's list of priorities.

But Serbia centre-back Vidic, who has been ever-present during United's record-breaking run of 13 successive cleansheets, is determined not to surrender in any competition.

'I am very proud and happy to be part of a team that created the record,' he said.

'I have been there all the time and it is a nice feeling to know you have not conceded a goal for so many games.

'We are delighted to have the new record but we will try to keep going and doing the same things we have done in the past because the most important thing is to win games.'

Wayne Rooney remains a doubt for the Derby clash with a hamstring strain but defenders Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Jonny Evans are all in contention to play.

The only question for Ferguson will be who to rest with a view to the Premier League clash with Fulham on Wednesday.

Edwin van der Sar, who has not conceded a goal since facing Gamba Osaka in the Club World Cup in December, is likely to be given the day off along with Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo.

While United parade a star-studded field, the club's assistant manager Mike Phelan admits it will be almost impossible for another player to match the feats of Ryan Giggs.

The Welsh winger, 35, has just signed a one-year contract extension at Old Trafford to keep him at United for a 19th season.

Giggs made his United debut in March 1991 and, as well as holding the club's record for appearances with 787, he has an unparalleled trophy haul.

The veteran has won the Premier League 10 times, lifted the Champions League twice and won the FA Cup four times.

Phelan played alongside Giggs in the twilight of his career as the then-teenager burst onto the scene in the early 1990s.

He believes that Giggs' record will be tough for a modern player to match.

'Someone of the quality of Ryan Giggs should be held in high esteem. He's a credit to the club and the young players do (hold him in high esteem),' said Phelan.

-- Wire Services.
 

 
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