Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has shrugged off his ties to tonight's opponents CSKA Moscow.

Vidic celebrates his 28th birthday in the stadium where he used to do serious derby battle for Spartak Moscow with their CSKA rivals.

He's in the perfect position to give his United colleagues all the inside news about the artificial surface they will be encountering

"I am a Manchester United player now and so this game isn't like a derby for me any more," said the big Serbian defender.

"My time in Moscow has gone and all I am bothered about is this game because it is the next one. The only important thing for me is to get the three points and play well.

"I have played on this artificial pitch before and it won't be a concern for us. Obviously it is better for CSKA because they play on it every week and we will have to adapt.

"But the main thing is to keep the ball on the ground and we will be fine."