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Vidic eyes shock Champions League triumph

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Manchester United manager David Moyes was encouraged by his side's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace

Nemanja Vidic has boldly claimed that Manchester United can win the Champions League to provide a fairytale ending to his last season at the club.

United take on Olympiacos at the Karaiskakis Stadium tomorrow for the first leg of the last-16 clash, after sealing a 2-0 Premier League win at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The result saw David Moyes' side close to within eight points of fourth-placed Liverpool, before their dramatic 4-3 win against Swansea on Sunday.

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With United 15 points off leaders Chelsea, the Champions League seems to be their only hope for silverware this season. Even though a triumph in the tournament would seem improbable, Vidic is adamant United can pull off a shock.

"I believe we can do something special in the Champions League," Vidic said. "I really do.

"If we play solid like we did today, keep our shape, I think we will be a hard team to beat. We always have people who can score goals and that is the way you play in the Champions League - be hard to beat, but be able to score."

Moyes fielded the attacking quartet of Adnan Januzaj, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata - signed for £37.1 million in the January transfer window - for the first time on Saturday at Selhurst Park, and was rewarded with an encouraging attacking display.

"We know that they all, in their own way, have great ability," Moyes said. "Juan needs to go and play and be involved in the play. He has his jobs to do when we don't have the ball, he has to do that as well.

"We try to make sure they are interchangeable, Wayne, Robin and Juan, and we are trying to make them difficult to play against, difficult to mark. I thought today Juan gave us something different, he gave us a lot of the ball.

"Robin can drop in and get the ball. Wayne today dropped in, we wanted him to get more of the ball. We went to Wayne up top in the last 15 minutes and we can play Adnan as a centre forward. He can play any role, he's such a good player. Juan can play off the sides … really on any given day we might choose to play them in any positions."

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