Nemanja Vidic calls for United to "step up" against Arsenal

Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Sunderland on December 15, 2012
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Nemanja Vidic wants Manchester United to "step up" when Arsenal visit Old Trafford this afternoon.

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has warned the team that they must "step up" when Arsenal visit Old Trafford this afternoon.

The table-topping Gunners arrive in Manchester eight points clear of their rivals in the Premier League, and Vidic feels that the team must begin to claw the deficit back, beginning today.

"We have to step up for a big game like this. We have to prove to everyone, including our fans and ourselves, that we are good," Vidic told The Mirror.

"That is the challenge for us, Arsenal have played really well this season but we have to show we can do better than we did in games like Manchester City.

"I have seen signs we are getting better but good players raise their performances in big games and Arsenal is definitely a big game and one we're looking forward to."

Despite United's stuttering campaign so far, they entertain the Gunners on the back of an eight-game unbeaten record.

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