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We need to find our killer touch
Nemanja Vidic has warned his Manchester United team-mates they need to rediscover their killer instinct to move clear in the title race. Skipper Vidic was alarmed by the number of missed chances against Valencia on Tuesday in their final Champions League Group C game. Although United salvaged the point they needed to go through to the last 16 as group winners, they recorded their second lowest tally of goals in the group stages since the Champions League was revamped in 1994 – only seven in six games. Serbia international Vidic says United cannot afford to be so wasteful in the forthcoming Premier League showdowns with title rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, when chances will be at a premium. “We played some good football against Valencia and we have to be pleased with how many chances we made, but we didn’t take them. In the end it was a bit of a nervous game,” said Vidic. “In the games against Arsenal and Chelsea there won’t be so many chances. Everything you create you have to take if you want to win those sort of games. You have to keep your focus.”
In the Manchester Evening News, Nani says United are hitting form just in time to face Arsenal and Chelsea in the Premier League, and has challenged his team-mates to send a message to their rivals: “If we win against Arsenal and Chelsea we will be in a very good position to win the league. Our momentum is growing. Everyone is starting to play fantastic again, like Wayne Rooney and Anderson. Our Performances are growing.”
The M.E.N also reports Ben Amos will target a mid-season loan move to step up his bid to become United’s number one keeper.