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Vidic eyes strong start in Europe

United's goalscoring hero against Everton Nemanja Vidic says it's vital the Reds get off to a good start in the Champions League on Wednesday when they take on Sporting Lisbon.

The squad fly out to Portugal on Tuesday morning to prepare for the match at Sporting's Estádio José Alvalade.

Vidic came to United's rescue on Saturday with an 83rd-minute headed winner to secure a vital three points at Goodison Park, and now the Serbian defender is eyeing victory in the opening Group F match.

“It's really important that we get off to a good start in the Champions League,†Nemanja told MUTV. “We know Sporting Lisbon will be difficult to play against,†he added. “They are technically very good and they know how to keep possession of the ball, which makes it difficult. But we want to start the tournament well and get a good result.â€

The Reds began last season's European campaign with a win on Portuguese soil - Louis Saha grabbing the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Benfica.

Although the Reds needed to beat the Lisbon club at Old Trafford in the final group game following surprise defeats to FC Copenhagen and Celtic, United improved as the tournament progressed and went on to reach the semi finals, only to be stopped by the eventual winners AC Milan.

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