Former Manchester United star concedes penalty in nightmare defeat

Nemanja Vidic

Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic had a weekend to forget.

Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic conceded a penalty as a shambolic first-half display saw Inter Milan downed 4-1 at home by Cagliari in Serie A on Sunday.

The former Manchester United hero moved to the Italian club on a free transfer in the summer after a hugely successful eight-year spell at Old Trafford.

With the Red Devils currently suffering a crisis at the back, some feel that the club should have done more to keep hold of the experienced defender given his excellent early season form in Italy.

This weekend, however, was an entirely different story as Vidic – along with his fellow defenders – suffered a capitulation of such proportions that it represented the nightmare the 32-year-old and his then-United teammates suffered during that humiliating 4-1 defeat at home to Liverpool in 2009.

Cagliari took the lead through Marco Sau after just 10 minutes before former Southampton striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo brought Inter level eight minutes later.

After an entertaining start, the proceeding 25 minutes were certainly not what the home fans had expected as their side simply imploded – starting with the sending-off of Yuto Nagatomo for two bookable offences.

Sandwiched between a subsequent 15-minute hat-trick for Cagliari midfielder Albin Ekdal, Vidic rashly gave away a penalty for a clumsy late challenge in the box – a spot-kick which was ultimately missed.

Overall, the former Stretford End idol made just one clean tackle and three interceptions whilst completing just 76% of his intended passes – Inter’s second worst from the starting XI.

Despite his poor performance, Vidic has made a solid start to life at the Giuseppe Meazza and has helped the club keep three clean sheets in five league matches to date.

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