Player-coach claims he's been in worse positions during his 20-year spell at Manchester United.
Despite an unsatisfactory start to the Premier League, senior Manchester United players are convinced that the club can turn around the poor form, begin recording positive results, return to the top of the table and stay there.
To date, the reigning and defending division kings from last year have three losses on their ledger, just two less than their total defeats in the 2012-13 campaign, and they also trail top of the charts Arsenal by eight points. It is a far cry from how they clearly distanced themselves from the pack earlier in the calender year but, in the space of a summer, the club, perhaps, are still nursing headaches from a Sir Alex Ferguson retirement hangover.
David Moyes succeeded Ferguson, beginning his tenure positively by claiming the Community Shield, giving Swansea City an opening day 4-1 humbling and keeping their sheet clean in a 0-0 tie in late August. However, their September run has been full of clipped hurdles but, regardless, Moyes retains the backing of Sir Alex, the club's board and, importantly, the players.
'It’s a weird season,' player-coach Ryan Giggs is quoted to have said by Manchester Evening News.
'City have been beaten twice. Nobody has hit the ground running who we’d have expected to. Obviously Arsenal are playing well, Tottenham and Liverpool are at the top, but there’s enough time for us to turn it around and get back to the top and stay there.'
Stressing the urgency of the situation, he added: 'We need to start doing it quickly and at the weekend [versus Sunderland on Saturday]. It’s not the most difficult season I’ve had in my career. There have been topsy-turvy seasons in the past. I have been in the team for 20-odd years and seen more or less everything.
'You’d rather be showing this form at the start of the season than at the end. You have just got to hang in there to the turn of the year as we always say and then hopefully hit a bit of form like we historically do. We have to take responsibilities as players and try and do that.'
With eight goals conceded in six league games, four of which arrived courtesy of bitter local rivals Manchester City, defensive stalwart Nemanja Vidic has called on the club's rearguard to tighten up as he believes with great defences, comes great silverware.
'We have to accept it has not been a great start,' Vidic told The Independent. 'We have not been getting the performances we would have liked and we also have to be realistic enough to accept we have made some mistakes. This team has a lot of potential and we are working really well. Sometimes the results don't come. Sometimes the performances don't come.
'But I am really positive,' he said. 'The most important thing is to defend right. If we defend well, I think we have a really good chance to win trophies.'
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