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19/12/2008 02:44, Report by Gemma Thompson in Yokohama

Vidic respects historic trophy

The Club World Cup may not be as highly regarded in England as it is elsewhere in world football, but Nemanja Vidic says the Reds are well aware how big an honour it would be to become the first British team to win the trophy.

The Serbian defender opening the scoring in United's 5-3 semi-final victory Gamba Osaka on Thursday and helped the Reds book their place in Sunday's final against Ecuadorian side Liga de Quito.

Vidic recalls watching his boyhood team Red Star Belgrade claim the title in 1991, and he is determined to emulate his former club by helping United to create history in Japan.

"I can't believe that I'm now playing in the same tournament - it's a big thing for me because I remember how I felt when Red Star won it," he told MUTV.

"A lot of great teams have won this trophy and it would be a real honour to be known as the best team in the world. As well as representing Manchester United, we are out here representing Europe and it's therefore important we win.

"The Club World Cup is maybe not seen as an big trophy in England because people don't know a lot about the teams we're playing against out here.

"But they are all good sides because they have won the right to be here. Some people think we'll win easily on Sunday, but we know it'll be difficult because we're up against a good team in Quito."

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