Nemanja Vidic believes Manchester United can win the Champions League this season - but concedes they will need some of the luck that deserted them in last season's competition.
The Red Devils are embarking on a new chapter under David Moyes, and face a tough task in defending their Premier League title from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.
However Vidic believes that not only should Manchester United be ably to retain their Premier League crown, but that they should be able to go all the way in Europe.
He said in an interview with TalkSPORT: “It’s not something easy. Any team in the world can say, ‘we want to win the Champions League’.
"We have a target, and that’s why we prepare hard. We think we can go to the later stages and with a bit of luck, yeah, we can win the tournament.”
Referring to Chelsea's remarkable Champions League victory in 2012, the Serbian said: “You know two years ago, Chelsea won – did you believe Chelsea were gonna win that title? Barcelona won everything the last three years, but last year Bayern Munich came.
"It’s not something where you can say that someone will win the title. I’ve been here eight years; I’ve played three finals, one semi-final, two quarter-finals – and that means that sure, United is always in the last stages of the Champions League. Hopefully we can do that again this year.
With luck against Madrid last year, maybe we would have been in the quarter-finals – and who knows what would have happened then.”
Vidic was bought to Old Trafford by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2005 and has since made 270 appearances for the club, and helped them win the Champions League in 2008.
Moyes on the other hand has never managed a team in the Champions League proper, but Vidic doesn't believe that will be a hinderance come the start of this year's group stages.
When asked if Moyes may struggle to adapt to life in Europe he said: “I think football is the same everywhere... he has been the manager of Everton for more than ten years; he’s facing teams like Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Man Utd every year, and that means he has the experience to play against top teams. Obviously he has, I believe, better quality players now at Manchester United – and I believe he has enough experience to drive us on.”
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