Vidic targets fast start

Man Utd skipper hopes to hit ground running

Vidic: Aware of threat from rivals but has called on Man Utd to begin the season strongly

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Nemanja Vidic has challenged his Manchester United side to find top form quickly in the Premier League this season.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men have developed a reputation for saving their best performances for the second half of the campaign, and were slow out of the blocks last term.

A return of 14 points from their opening eight games prompted many pundits to write off the Red Devils before they quickly recovered to secure a record 19th championship.

Vidic has demanded a faster start this time around, beginning with United's opening game of the season at West Brom on Sunday.

However, with Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea to face in the opening five weeks, and both Liverpool and Manchester City looming in October, the Serbia defender knows it will not be easy.

"I am just hoping we reach our form from the beginning of the season," Vidic told CNN.

"We have a really tough schedule and some tough games in the first few weeks but if we perform the best we can, I believe we can win the title again."

Stability

Chelsea and Manchester City are set to be the main threat to their supremacy, having both spent heavily on players since January in an effort to bridge the gap.

However, Vidic believes United have a major advantage in the fact Ferguson has been their manager for almost 25 years.

"The manager brings stability," he said. "He built the road that all players follow. Even now we have three new players but the system is already there. This is the great thing.

"Other clubs have a problem because they change their coach every year and new players come in. Sometimes they have a problem to build a team."

Nevertheless, Vidic has been around too long to believe it will be straightforward for the Red Devils to land the title.

"Chelsea are always there," he said. "They have experience. They have players who have been together for a few years.

"They know each other very well and will be hungry to win the title this year.

"Manchester City have a few signings. They will be even stronger this year.

"They have been together for a year and will be a bigger rival."