Nemanja Vidic has declared he does not have a mental barrier when it comes to facing Fernando Torres.
The United skipper has been in majestic form this season with his totemic displays at the heart of Manchester United's defence.
Vidic and his team-mates travel to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday in what will be a fascinating game as they look to strengthen their grip on the summit of the table.
Torres has yet to replicate the form at Chelsea that he displayed at Liverpool and is still hankering after his first goal.
His previous battles with Vidic have always been interesting, with most observers feeling the Spain striker always gets the better of his opposite number.
But Vidic refutes these claims and insists facing Torres is not a problem for him.
"Sometimes you read people saying that certain players have a hard job to play against someone else," he said.
"Obviously, this is the opinion some people have (about him and Torres) because they always mention it.
"I don't have a problem with that. I can only change it on the pitch, not by saying what I think in the media.
"It actually makes me more focused on my job."
Chelsea's mid-season malaise has seen them fall 15 points behind Manchester United, which has prompted John Terry to state that a defeat against United would rule them out of the title race.
It is a view the United skipper concurs with, saying: "They are so many points behind, it would be very difficult for them to come back.
"But anything can happen. If you look at the league and how many points we have lost and the games Chelsea lost in a row, you never know."
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