Things at United aren’t good these days, but at least the Old Trafford dressing room seems to be a very democratic place, given that no sooner had David Moyes said that he believed United could still win the title than Nemanja Vidic admitted having a complete different opinion on the subject.
Yesterday’s defeat at Stamford Bridge saw United’s gap from league leaders Arsenal widen to 14 points, with even fourth place looming increasingly distant, as Spurs and Liverpool are six points clear of United.
Despite the numbers, Moyes insisted his focus remained to win the title, but Nemanja Vidic has different ideas and conceded that United’s title defence it’s all but over.
“We are too far behind and we have now to focus on the top three or four,” said Vidic in an interview with Sky Sports.
“We have to be positive,[yesterday] we didn’t play a bad game. They had three shots and scored three goals and that’s the difference in the game, we have been punished for every mistake we made.
“It’s not going to be easy, we have to now fight to achieve the Champions League. We have to stay positive and stick together and work hard. With a bit of luck hopefully we can achieve that.”
Vidic’s view might be entirely different from Moyes’, but the United captain refused to blame his manager for the shockingly poor season United are enduring.
“We cannot always speak about managers, the players are tired of speaking about that because the manager is trying to do the best he can. Tactically we did well today,” said Vidic.
The United captain will miss the next three games after Phil Dowd showed him a straight red for clattering Eden Hazard, a challenge many deemed to be worthy only of a yellow and Vidic himself was left disappointed by the sending off.
“My feeling is that it was very harsh because I went for the ball. Hazard we know is a sharp player and he just pushed the ball,” explained the United captain.
“In my opinion it was not a red card I was disappointed with that decision at the time.”
Disappointment, now that’s a feeling we’ve got use to this season.