Man Utd was an unhappy dressing room
Nemanja Vidic has rejected the
allegation Manchester United’s
players stopped trying for ex-boss
David Moyes .
In an in-depth interview with BBC
Sport, Vidic has underlined the hurt
felt within the United dressing
room at a disastrous season,
admitting there were arguments
between the players.
But the Serb denies that spilled
over into a lack of respect for
“There is no question over any of
the players. They did everything
that was asked of them,” said Vidic.
“Sometimes you do things well,
sometimes you don’t. But the desire
was there. They tried really hard.
“We did argue among ourselves.
But we were arguing to get better.
We had some hard moments in the
dressing room but we never argued
with the manager or his assistants.
“From the first day until the last
you didn’t hear any player say
anything bad about the training.
That shows the players have
respect for the manager.”
Moyes was sacked last month, less
than a year after being confirmed
as Alex Ferguson’s successor, as
United headed for a seventh-place
finish in the Premier League, their
worst campaign in 24 years.
It is anticipated Netherlands coach
Louis van Gaal will be appointed in
his place within the next 48 hours.
Vidic made his 300th and last
appearance for the club in Sunday’s
draw at Southampton, having
already confirmed he will join Inter
However, he could not have
imagined his glittering stay in
England would reach such an
unsatisfactory conclusion, with
United failing to secure a European
qualification place for the first time
“I don’t want to point at any one
thing,” said the 32-year-old, trying
to explain what went wrong.
“It did not all happen in one week.
There was a transition. Everyone
has their own ideas and their own
vision. We didn’t adapt quickly
“We thought it might be difficult to
win the title this year, so the start
of the season was so important for
us. We had tough matches and we
lost them. After six games we were
already six or seven points behind
the other teams. The pressure
builds and it all rolls up.”
By the time United faced Bayern
Munich in the Champions League
quarter-finals in April, a 4-2
aggregate defeat was viewed as
some kind of success.
“That is the pressure the media
creates,” said Vidic. “The players
were being questioned, the
manager was being questioned, the
club was being questioned. People
end up saying the players are not
good enough and we need to buy
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