Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City need not worry about Moyes' title comments as club captain now rules Premier League crown out.
Despite succumbing to a 3-1 defeat against Chelsea on Sunday, January 19, David Moyes remained defiant over Manchester United's season: 'the job is to try and finish first. I will keep trying to do that,' while a commendable viewpoint, it is obviously just putting up a front, especially when the manager's own players offer alternative - and far more realistic - ambitions for the next five months.
According to centre back and club captain Nemanja Vidic, who was sent off the field for a lunge at Eden Hazard at the game's death - after Samuel Eto'o had already netted his hat-trick: 'United are already too far behind in the [Premier League title race].'
United are 14 points behind Arsenal, a consistently quality outfit, 13 points behind Manchester City who possess the most devastating attack in the country and a dozen points adrift of Jose Mourinho's Blues, who convincingly triumphed over them yesterday.
When it comes to the final position in the race for a top four spot, Liverpool currently reside on the safe side, with a 43-point return after 22 games, matched by Tottenham Hotspur in fifth with an inferior goal difference - six points ahead of United, in seventh.
For Vidic, fourth is still a realistic target, as he told Sky Sports: 'we have now to focus on the top three or four.'
United entertain Olympiakos in the Champions League round of 16 on February 25, prior to the Old Trafford leg on March 19 - and Vidic believes the club will have to fight for progression as the European Cup is now their only realistic chance of winning silverware should they fail to overturn the 2-1 deficit in the League Cup semifinal - to be concluded on Wednesday.
'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.'
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