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Game is a dream for Reds star Vid
Nemanja Vidic aims to realise a boyhood dream on Sunday by lifting the Club World Cup. Manchester United’s Serbian centre-back has held the image ever since he watched his heroes Red Star Belgrade become world champions in 1991, when he was 10. On the eve of tomorrow’s semi-final with Gamba Osaka, Vidic said: “Winning the European Cup was great for Red Star and after that the big memory for me is when we won the Intercontinental match. The game was played early in the morning and me and my brother asked my father if we could get up and watch it. He said, ‘yes’ and woke us up so we could come down and watch TV. It sparked dreams for me of playing for Red Star. I never thought at that time that I eventually would play in a Club World Cup Final like my Red Star favourites. You never forget things like that.”
Bill Thornton, Daily Star
Elsewhere, there’s widespread coverage of Rio Ferdinand’s assertion that Arsenal don’t have what it takes to win this season’s league title. “It is not beyond Arsenal,” Ferdinand is quoted as saying in The Telegraph. “But it is my personal opinion that it will be between the other three this season.”
The Daily Star claim Russian playmaker Andrei Arshavin is eyeing a move to Old Trafford in the January transfer window.
Meanwhile, Carlos Tevez has apparently told a newspaper in Argentina that he is confident of securing a permanent deal at Old Trafford. “'I am calm and I think the club are as well,” he is quoted in The Daily Mail. “There have been talks and everything is quite advanced, so I think everything will soon be solved.”