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Vidic: United belief key to retaining league title

MANCHESTER UNITED skipper Nemanja Vidic believes his |team-mates must retain their focus even though he views them as favourites to retain the Premier League title.

United’s lead at the top of the table was cut to a single point by Manchester City’s dramatic win over Chelsea last night.

However, Alex Ferguson’s men remain strongly fancied, particularly as City appear to have a tougher run-in, starting with Saturday’s tricky trip to Stoke.

United know if they win their final nine games, they will be champions for a record 20th time.

And with destiny in their own hands, Vidic does not want them to get distracted now.

“I have had belief from the beginning and if you look at the schedule of the games we have left to play I would like to say we are the favourites,” the defender said.

“It’s all in our hands. We have to focus and give our best.”

Vidic will play no part in the run-in after rupturing his cruciate ligament during the Champions League defeat to Basle in December.

“My recovery is going well,” |he said.

“Obviously, the projection was I would be ready for the next season. I am on schedule and will hopefully start training again in July.”