Man United’s Nemanja Vidic braced for difficult West Ham test

Man United captain Nemanja Vidic is braced for another pyhsical test against West Ham after their 2-0 victory at Stoke City on Sunday

Nemanja Vidic
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Nemanja Vidic says Manchester United must be braced for another physical test when the Red Devils travel to West Ham United on Wednesday night.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men expertly handled a struggling Stoke City on Sunday, with goals from Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie sealing a 2-0 win at the Britannia Stadium.

United’s victory helped them restore their 15-point advantage over defending champions Manchester City with six Premier League games remaining.

But Vidic expects another tough challenge against Sam Allardyce’s side, who held free-scoring Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield before a 1-1 stalemate with Southampton on Saturday.

“Stoke is always a difficult place to go to but we fought for every ball, played some good football and, in the end, I think we deserved to win,” he told MUTV.

“It was physical. You know they’re going to get the ball to the forwards, they’re good at set-pieces, they’re going to challenge defenders.

“Now it’s West Ham and we have to play well again. They play in a similar style to Stoke – we’re going to have long balls and set-pieces to deal with.”

United captain Vidic was also pleased to see Wayne Rooney and Van Persie return to form as the season reaches its climax.

“Yes, you think you’re almost there but you have to win the games,” he said. “[Winning at Stoke] helps us build up the confidence and a few players had a great game – people like Antonio [Valencia], Wayne and Robin.

“It’s important for players like this to be in good form for the games to come.”

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