PETALING JAYA: Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic believes his former club has what it takes to topple Spanish giants Barcelona in their mouth-watering Champions League two-legged quarter-final tie in April.
The towering Serbian former centre-back — who won five Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy during his eight-year spell with the Red Devils — says United are facing a team who are not at their best.
“It’s great that we managed to get to the quarter-finals. To win against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is a big success.
“We are unlucky to face Barcelona but the way he (Ole Gunnar Solksjaer) plays, we have a chance,” said Vidic, who was a guest at the ongoing Maybank Golf Championship at Saujana Golf and Country Club.
“Barca are not as strong like they were three or four years ago.
“Sure they have (Lionel) Messi and (Luis) Suarez but they are not at their best at the moment.
“The manager must get the players to be positive against Barcelona.”
United squeezed into the quarter-finals after overcoming PSG 3-3 on away goals after mounting a stirring comeback in the second leg of the last 16.
After trailing the first-leg 2-0, United turned the tables at the Parc des Princes stadium after an early brace from Romelu Lukaku and a stoppage-time penalty from Marcus Rashford to book their berth.
Vidic, who looked absolutely at ease juggling a sepak takraw ball as part of his visit to the golf event, also believes interim manager Solksjaer should get the job full-time.
“He has done a fantastic job since he came. He has changed the environment and improved their form.
“If they are in the top four, they will keep him. I certainly would like to see him there. He knows the club, the history, and he is playing the type of football the club demands.”
Former Barcelona winger Luis Garcia, also present at the Maybank Championship, echoed Vidic’s sentiments.
“I think Barcelona are favourites but I wouldn’t say they are guaranteed to win this tie.
“Playing Manchester United is not easy, furthermore they have improved under Ole. They are consistent and stronger,” said the Spaniard.
Vidic, meanwhile, also hinted he would want to be a Manchester United manager in the future.
The 37-year-old, who has already obtained his coaching licence, said the dream is to manage a big club like the Red Devils.
“My philosophy would be to play attacking football.
“That’s the mentality I would like to instil in my players.”