Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic needs to learn, says Walter Mazzarri

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Inter Milan coach Walter Mazzarri says that former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic will have to get a grasp of his tactics.

Nemanja Vidic may be 32 years of age and has won the Premier League and the Champions League, but he has still something to learn.

The former Serbia international defender left Manchester United at the end of last season to join Inter Milan.

At 32, Vidic is arguably past his prime, but that does not mean that he can take it easy in what many so wrongly assume is a mediocre league.

Pre-season training at Inter has already started and Vidic will now need to understand how to play in a three-man defence, something that he is not used to.

Under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson at the Red Devils, Vidic was part of a four-man backline and was more often than not partnered by Rio Ferdinand in central defence.

At Inter, the former Spartak Moscow man will have to operate both as part of a three-man backline in a 3-5-2 system and of a more traditional back-four in a 4-4-1-1 formation, but Nerazzurri coach Walter Mazzarri believes that he will learn it eventually.

‘For him, I have started with a three-man defence to make him understand my concepts and my intentions’, Football Italia quotes the 52-year-old as telling reporters.

‘I want the guy to absorb my concepts, then we will all be working on the back-four. Then, he is an expert, he will not take long to figure out the three-man defence, because it is easier than a defence of four, which has different mechanisms’.

In his prime, Vidic was regarded by many as the best centre-back in the world, and he is expected to succeed in Italy.

However, it may not be as easy as some would have predicted. The Serie A is a tough league and is very tactical where defending is more cultured, which means that Vidic will have some adapting to do.

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