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Derby Defeat Spurred United On

The dismal derby defeat on Munich anniversary day served as a motivating factor and contributed to the Reds' good form since, according to Vidic.

The big Serbian was far from his best in that game and still surpassed his colleague Rio Ferdinand - and that tells a lot about our defending. Since that game, we have conceded only two goals, one of them was a great individual effort from Benzema and the other came in a game that was virtually over by that time.

But it's not just the defence that got their act together as we've scored 14 goals in 5 matches since and advanced to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and the Champions League.

"Look at us now," Vidic told Manchester United Radio. "We`re playing better than ever and we`re only point behind Arsenal in the league.

'I think losing to City was a wake-up call and helped us realise that if we don`t play to our best then we won`t necessarily win."

"We`re doing well right now and I hope we`ll keep this momentum going."

"I want to play in the big games and win trophies; that`s why I`m at Manchester United. Every game is crucial now and it`s important we keep our shape and don`t lose too many goals."

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 6 2008

Time: 9:58AM

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as we've found out, it often takes a bad loss to get you going again and dispel any complacency!
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06/03/2008 16:17:00

We always seem to have these lapses during the season, can't afford any more now
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06/03/2008 17:44:00

For a moment there I though you lost to Derby...
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06/03/2008 21:55:00

^ that'd be hilarious
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07/03/2008 00:05:00

well then everyone canthank city for there hiddings
ozanne park rangers
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07/03/2008 05:53:00

A painfull loss is usually a good wakeup call.
Blue is the colour
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07/03/2008 15:22:00

Sven continued his 100% record vs Fergie. But it was a shocking result. Don't know what happened. Hopefully it will spur the team on -- anything to keep this title race interesting.
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07/03/2008 18:41:00

i'd prefer a boring title run-in with arsenal collapsing to allow us to run away with it... but it's not happening i'm afraid :(
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07/03/2008 20:22:00


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