Robin van Persie's stunning start to life at Manchester United has
forced the Red Devils' other strikers to step up their games, according
to Nemanja Vidic.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side threw away an eight-point
lead with just six matches remaining last season. This allowed Manchester
City to pip them to the Premier League title in the final seconds of the campaign.
The Old Trafford
giants are unlikely to make the same mistake again. Second-placed City's slip-up against Southampton, coupled with United's 2-0 victory over Everton, stretched their lead at the summit to 12 points .
will be looking to Van Persie to fire his side to Champions League
success in Madrid on Wednesday, as United take on the La Liga champions for
the first time since 2002/03.
The Dutch international swapped Arsenal for the north-west
last summer and has hit 23 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions.
Ferguson has plenty
of attacking options at his disposal for the trip to Santiago Bernabeu. Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez have each netted 14 times this
Speaking exclusively to FourFourTwo, Vidic believes Van Persie has not only brought
an abundance of goals to Old Trafford, but also a positive
reaction from his fellow forwards.
"He brings goals, which is most important to the team. He is just clinical and I think what is important in football is to
keep the product, and the product is the goal and he does that. He does
simple things, but which are difficult to do.
"But he is a
team player. When he arrived he built up a few players
around him to challenge him for the place. He is a great signing.
you train with good players it is a great experience for the young
players because they can learn from him. Players learn from
the players and he is the player you learn from."
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