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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Feb 24, 2014

Vidic sets sights on European glory

Nemanja Vidic believes Manchester United can win the Champions League to provide a fairytale ending to his time at the club.

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United take on Olympiakos at the Karaiskakis Stadium on Tuesday for the first leg of the last-16 clash, after sealing a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

The result leaves United 11 points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, who won 4-3 against Swansea the following day, and winning the Champions League seems to be their best chance of returning to the competition next season.

Even though a triumph in the tournament would seem improbable, Vidic -- who will leave Old Trafford in the summer -- is adamant United can pull off a shock.

"I believe we can do something special in the Champions League," he told reporters. "I really do. If we play solid like we did [against Palace], keep our shape, I think we will be a hard team to beat. We always have people who can score goals and that is the way you play in the Champions League -- be hard to beat, but be able to score."

David Moyes fielded the attacking quartet of Adnan Januzaj, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata -- signed for 37.1 million pounds in the January transfer window -- for the first time at Selhurst Park, and was rewarded with an encouraging attacking display.

"We know that they all, in their own way, have great ability," Moyes said. "Juan needs to go and play and be involved in the play. He has his jobs to do when we don't have the ball -- he has to do that as well.

"We try to make sure they are interchangeable, Wayne, Robin and Juan, and we are trying to make them difficult to play against, difficult to mark. I thought today Juan gave us something different. He gave us a lot of the ball.

"Robin can drop in and get the ball. Wayne dropped in. We wanted him to get more of the ball. We went to Wayne up top in the last 15 minutes and we can play Adnan as a centre-forward. He can play any role, he's such a good player. Juan can play off the sides... really on any given day we might choose to play them in any positions."

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