Nemanja Vidic insists the recent changing of guard at Old Trafford has not diminished Manchester United’s unrelenting desire for success and silverware.
Following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, the Reds are about to enter a new era under David Moyes and on the eve of the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season, fans and pundits alike are predicting how the new campaign will unfold.
And Vidic, who has claimed 10 major honours during his time in M16, feels confident about United’s chances this term and insists his team-mates are motivated by anyone who questions them.
“You always have the determination to win the trophy,” Nemanja told MUTV. “It doesn’t matter who is the manager or who are the players here, there is always going to be the same challenge to win trophies and nothing has changed over the years.
“We’ve had a good pre-season and the pressure to win the trophy, to defend it, is always tough but it's good to compete and challenge yourself. I believe we are ready for that challenge and, at the end of the day, we enjoy being questioned. You try to get the best of yourself to show that you can win again.”
This season, Vidic believes the champions will need the backing of United’s fans more than ever before, particularly away from home. Not that he has any doubts about the Reds’ following after witnessing 50,000 supporters descend on Wembley Stadium for last weekend's Community Shield match.
“To get that much support at Wembley, especially at this time of the year, we were really pleased to see it,” Nemanja explained. “To be fair, we always have good support from United fans wherever we go, especially away from Old Trafford.
“I believe they have always been supportive. Sometimes they are louder, sometimes less, but they are always supportive and this year will be the same. We will definitely need them this