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Title in United´s hands, says Vidic

17 March 2013 13:59

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic believes the English Premier League title is in his team's hands after a 1-0 win over Reading.

Manchester City lost 2-0 at Everton on Saturday to put a massive dent in their title aspirations, and Sir Alex Ferguson's side capitalised with a nervy win later in the day, extending their advantage at the top to 15 points.

While 31-year-old club captain Vidic acknowledges there is a 'big gap' between the Manchester rivals with nine games left to play, he maintains his side must hold their nerve after collapsing last season to let City back in the title race.

"We will take the three points but we didn't get them easily," he told MUTV.

"You want to win your games and play for your country during the international break without any bad feelings and we have done that.

"Now, we just have to think about the next games that are coming.

"If you look at the 15-point lead, you have to say that it is a big gap and we shouldn't let anything change.

"We have the title in our hands but we have games still to play and some especially tough away games that are traditionally hard for us. Nothing is finished yet, but we're in a good position.

"Sometimes you can feel the fans in the stands getting nervous because they think about last season. I don't think we should allow that to happen again.

"We are in a good position now. We should relax and enjoy playing football. It is a good time for us."

United still have difficult games against City, Chelsea and Arsenal but can clinch the title by collecting 13 points from their remaining nine games, meaning maximum points and then a point against Aston Villa on April 22 would seal the trophy.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
16 March 2013
Game week
30
Kick-off
18:30
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0
Venue
Old Trafford (Manchester)
Attendance
75605

Goals

W. Rooney 21'
(assist by R. Ferdinand) 
1 - 0

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 3 +7 9
2 3 +5 9
3 2 +5 6
4 3 +3 6
5 2 +1 4
6 3 +1 4
7 2 +1 4
8 2 +1 4
9 3 +0 4
10 3 -1 3
11 2 -1 3
12 3 -4 3
13 3 -1 2
14 3 -1 2
15 3 -2 2
16 3 -3 2
17 3 -3 2
18 2 -2 1
19 3 -3 1
20 3 -3 1

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