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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Apr 22, 2008

Vidic determined to banish Milan UCL nightmare

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is determined to get his hands on the Champions League trophy and banish the memory of last season's European campaign once and for all.

There was quiet confidence going into the semi-final against AC Milan following the 7-1 thumping of Roma. But the Italians progressed, leaving United with the comfort of the Premier League title instead.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side have reached the last four again and face Barcelona in the first leg at the Nou Camp tomorrow.

Vidic believes they now have strength in numbers and are a team to be feared.

The Serbian said: 'We want to play much better at this stage and go on and win the trophy.

'Near the end of last season we had to play with some injured players.

'It was nearly the same faces all the time and it was a bit hard for us.

'Maybe that was the reason we did not do so well in the final stages of the Champions League.

'This season we have a bigger squad and we are in good shape going into this game.'

Vidic, who returned to the side in the 1-1 draw at Blackburn after a knee injury, expects a hard shift against Barcelona.

However he has refuted suggestions he could have a key role to play in keeping Lionel Messi quiet.

Vidic said: 'Of course he is one of the best players in the world, everyone knows that.

'But the game is not all about Messi. Like many good teams, Barcelona have many good players.

'We have a tough job tomorrow but we will do our best to try and contain them and get a good result.'

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