Vidic claims players were always behind Moyes, but performances suggest otherwise

Nemanja Vidic

Nemanja Vidic has claimed that his Manchester United teammates were always in full support of David Moyes.

Manchester United stalwart Nemanja Vidic will be adorning the famous blue and black stripes of Inter Milan next season, and his time at Old Trafford will be fondly remembered by fans. Although his last season at the club was one to forget there is still plenty for the Serbian to celebrate.

However during an in-depth interview with BBC Sport, the focus is placed on the last season, and exactly what went wrong at the club following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

From the displays on the pitch it often seemed that the players weren't showing the same vigour and passion that they continuously did under Sir Alex. There seemed to be little belief from the players and the once formidable force of Manchester United was no longer present.

Vidic says that there was always respect for Moyes. "There is no question over any of the players, they did everything that was asked of them. Sometimes you do things well, sometimes you don't. But the desire was there. They tried really hard."

The effort didn't always seem to be on a par with the effort shown when playing under Fergie and I can emphasise this point with the last few minutes of a game. It was always feared by the opposition that United could score and change a game around in the last few minutes. Many joked it was because of 'Fergie time' but in actual fact it was because they never gave up and always had a belief that they could score. That wasn't the case under Moyes this year, and no matter who the manager is you would have thought that the same group of players can still carry on that trait.

Vidic also said in the interview "It is not the players' job - not even the captain - to tell the manager he should play this way or that." This suggests that despite not telling Moyes to change his tactics he obviously thought that things should be altered. However he left the decisions with Moyes because he didn't want to disrespect him. Surely Moyes would welcome input from a player like Vidic though with years of experience.

"People said we lost faith in David Moyes," said Vidic. "We didn't.

"We knew he was trying to find new players. We knew he was trying to build something.

Although Vidic never says a bad word about Moyes you can tell there is an underlying feeling that the players were not happy with the situation from very early on. He also never praises Moyes for anything and the players never openly spoke out in the public giving their full support of Moyes. It seems to me that they never thought he was the right man to take on the job, and this was always going to make it difficult for the former Everton manager.


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