"I’ve been very impressed with the work we’ve done so far. The players are all very focused, ready to work and they want to show what they can do. There have been some very good signs which is exciting to see."

-Nemanja Vidic

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Vidic: Focused as ever

club makes me believe he is going to be really good for United. I can already see he has a great work ethic, he showed that at Everton, and that’s going to be important for this club; United is built on a great work ethic. I think he is a great manager to replace Sir Alex.

You're travelling to Stockholm to play AIK on 6 August – how important will that game be given the first league match of the season will be less than two weeks away?
It’ll be an important match for us and it’s another chance for us to build on our fitness and our form. It’ll be nice to meet the fans over there, too. It’s a nice place to visit. We were there last year and we know we have a great base of fans over there. We’re all looking forward to it.

Is that exactly the kind of test the players will need at that stage of pre-season given the fact AIK are in the middle of their campaign and will be in top form from a fitness perspective?
Yes, it will be good timing. It will be important for us to play a team that is at full fitness and in good shape and who can really test you. They will be a good team to play before the Community Shield. We always use that game [at Wembley] as a real test before the season starts. Of course, we want to win the trophy but when you look at the fixtures we’ve been given [at the start of the season] I think it’s the toughest games we’ve been given for the last seven or eight years. We know we need to be ready and prepared and that’s why it’s been really good to see how focused the players are since we got back.

Tickets for the game at Friends Arena can be purchased online now via Ticnet – in English or Swedish.

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