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17/01/2014 19:15, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Vidic's title hope

So you haven't given up on the title?

No, I'm not giving up, not yet.

Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie have been out for periods in the season - how difficult has it been to be without them?

I think we have had bad luck this season. We had the tough fixtures at the start of the season when we had changed the manager and there was a lot of pressure and expectation on him. If we had won the first few matches maybe everything would be different. We haven't had luck with injuries either. It's been a very stop-start season for us and there are a few reasons for that. I'm not trying to find excuses because we have a big squad and a lot of good players, but I just hope there will be a better times for us coming up.

Results in the league have improved, winning five of the last six ahead of Sunday’s trip to Chelsea. But is it frustrating the other teams haven’t been dropping points?

It is frustrating, but I've said before that when you lose matches some of your opponents lose matches as well. I don't think we should look at other teams. We need to focus on ourselves and try to do the best we can and then we'll see where we are. Hopefully with a few players coming back from injury we can be stronger in the last part of the season.

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