Nemanja Vidic is adamant Manchester United will not carry any psychological scars from their Champions League final humbling by Barcelona into the new season.
Despite the club's domestic dominance having won four of the last five Barclays Premier League titles, the Red Devils met their match when they were comfortably beaten 3-1 by their La Liga counterparts at Wembley back in May.
Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he was mesmerised by Barca's array of free-flowing, attacking football, and that their ability to retain possession gave them all the ingredients needed to be the best team in the world.
However, the Serbian stopper says United's own success should not be overlooked, and believes the club are in a strong position if the two sides come to lock horns again in 2011-12.
"I don't know why you are always asking Manchester United players how we are going to bridge that gap," said Vidic, "Like I say again, this team is successful. We are doing some good things.
"We don’t have any problem with the Barcelona players. We respect them but we are not scared to play against them," he said speaking on the club's US tour in Seattle.
"It is hard when you get to the final and lose, especially because it was the last game. It is always in your mind. But this is a new season. We have to forget what happened, take some points from that game and improve."
Vidic was also keen to point out the rise of local rivals Manchester City, who he believes will mount a more serious challenge to United's top-flight dominance next year.
"It is clear City have the money and will sign new players," he added.
"They will definitely be in a position to fight for the league but we have to focus on ourselves. We have to think about what happens at our door not our neighbours' and I believe we have enough good players and a good team to challenge for the trophy."
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