Nemanja Vidic says their derby defeat to Manchester City has sparked Manchester United's recent run of form.

"Look at us now," Vidic told Manchester United Radio. "We're playing better than ever and we're only point behind Arsenal in the league. I think losing to City was a wake-up call and helped us realise that if we don't play to our best then we won't necessarily win."

Since that loss, United have chalked up four victories and a draw in Europe away from home.

"We're doing well right now and I hope we'll keep this momentum going," Vidic says.

"I want to play in the big games and win trophies; that's why I'm at Manchester United. Every game is crucial now and it's important we keep our shape and don't lose too many goals."