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May 14, 2014

Vidic: Man Utd 'comfortable' after Moyes

Outgoing Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has hinted that some of his teammates did not enjoy working under the guidance of departed manager David Moyes this season.

Nemanja Vidic and David Moyes have both spent their final seasons at Old Trafford.

Vidic, who will join Inter Milan this summer, has revealed there were heated arguments between his highly decorated colleagues as they continued to fall below the standards they have been used to delivering throughout their careers, as he admitted the methods being promoted by Moyes were not popular with some United players.

In an interview appearing in the Daily Telegraph, the Serbian defender admitted there was some resentment to the changes Moyes was trying to introduce at United, yet he insists speculation that the players turned against the Scottish tactician before he was sacked last month are wide of the mark.

"There was a transition," Vidic said. "You get someone who sees football in a different way and he will want to put his stamp on the team and the way he wants to play.

"I am not saying that the David Moyes way was bad, but these players feel more comfortable playing a certain way of football. You have to respect where you are and what you represent, though, and there is no point speaking about someone who was here, who everyone knows lost his job because he did not succeed in doing what he wanted to achieve.

"The best answer I can say is that [Moyes] tried really hard, he was professional. He was really committed to the job and desperately wanted to do well. But unfortunately, it didn't happen and we are all sad.

"Sometimes you have bad times and you question yourself, of course, but we never did anything to question the manager at all. We questioned ourselves more.

"We argued amongst ourselves. This year more than any other, because when you have bad times, people show they care. We are still friends, but we were arguing to get better. We wanted to improve.

"We could say those things to each other because we have been together for so long, but it hurt. If you didn't argue, it would not be right. We had some hard moments in the dressing room between ourselves."

Vidic admitted he had 'honest conversations' with Moyes over the course of his turbulent tenure as United boss, as he reflected on what proved to be his final season at Old Trafford with plenty of regrets.

"It has been hard," added Vidic. "We thought it might be difficult to win the title this year, but we still thought we would challenge for the trophies. We ended up losing the chance to win the title very early, though, and then we lost the chance to win the cups as well.

"We are used to fighting until the last day of the season for the title. That has happened for the last seven years and this year was the first year we have not done that, so it is hard to cope.

"Why did it happen? It is hard to say now. You cannot point the finger at something and say this is why, or at someone and say it was their fault.

"All of us have to take responsibility, but we have to accept that it did not work for us. We did not manage to keep the same standards of playing that we had under Sir Alex.

"I don't want to point at any one thing and say he should have stayed or that person might have come, or what if it had been someone else. If, if, if. That has passed.

"Everyone has their own ideas and their own vision. It is hard to judge on why they didn't do this or that. You should always judge on what they actually did do."

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