Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is adamant he can quell Chelsea’s attacking force, which now includes Fernando Torres.
The 29-year-old has been in imperious form this season but pundits will certainly refer to Vidic’s nightmare performance in Liverpool’s 4-1 victory at Old Trafford in 2009, where Torres ran the rule over the defender.
However the Serbian international insists the media speculation surrounding his inability to cope with Torres with only serve to spur him on.
“Sometimes you read people saying that certain players have a hard job to play against someone else,” he said.
“I don’t have a problem with that. I can only change it on the pitch, not by saying what I think in the media. It actually makes me more focused on my job.”
Fergie dismisses Rooney claims.
Sir Alex Ferguson has played down the incident between Wayne Rooney and James McCarthy and claimed any punishment will be the result of a media ‘witch hunt’.
Rooney appeared to lead with his elbow as the pair clashed in the centre circle at the DW Stadium on Saturday. However, Ferguson claimed “there is nothing in it,” and went on to argue “because it is Wayne Rooney the press will raise a campaign to get him hung by Tuesday or electrocuted or something like that. It is unbelievable.”
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez was understandably furious and suggested his side were once again the victim of favouritism towards the big clubs. “If one of my players had done that I’d be very surprised to see him stay on the pitch,” he said.
Blues team news.
Manchester United are hoping to have influential midfielder Ryan Giggs back in time to face Chelsea on Tuesday.
With Rio Ferdinand and Johnny Evans out with injury, the ever-impressive Chris Smalling is again set to deputise alongside Nemanja Vidic.
United will head to Chelsea with a four point gap at the summit of the table but they will be aware that they have failed to win at Stamford Bridge since 2002.
“It’s always a big game at Chelsea. We used to have a great record down there, but our record over the last seven years or so has been poor.” Said Ferguson.
“We have to do something about that and that’s what Tuesday is about.”