Captain Nemanja made his return for Manchester United in the Premier League curtain raiser against Everton after an eight month lay off with a cruciate ligament injury he sustained against FC Basel. We missed the presence of the Serbian last year and our defence struggled without a bullish leader.
The start of this season has also been tough as Nemanja is our only fit central defender with Jones, Smalling, Evans Ferdinand all sidelined. After eight months out, he is short of match fitness himself and is struggling in a makeshift defence with Michael Carrick. We have conceded three goals in two games and our famously watertight defence is leaking.
Speaking with the Sun, Vidic said that winning games was the most important thing to remember and not how it was achieved.
He said: “Sometimes the main thing is to play for three points, not just to enjoy games. We want to play great football but we want three points and we want the title. I think this year we understand that.”
“I think sometimes when you win the title, the next year you have more confidence because you feel that you’re going to win it again. Nemanja Vidic
With Manchester City and Chelsea looking dangerous in the start of this campaign, it is set to be another tough year in the Premier League and Vidic believes that the confidence of winning titles is something that cannot be replaced.
He continued: “But when you don’t win the title, the next year is the one where you think ‘I have to push more, I have to work harder, I have to do better than last year.’
“And I think that’s the difference. This is how players think.
“We didn’t win it last year — now we really have to perform better. We have to work harder, stay strong as a group and play for each other.”
After cruelly losing the Premier League title to City on goal difference, I imagine the hunger and desire amongst the United camp to take it back is as strong as it has ever been. With a massively depleted squad last year, we were still on the cusp of victory, only for it to be snatched at the last possible moment. This season, we will be desperate to make sure that City don’t retain their trophy.
“It’s not hard to train and do the gym work because I know the benefits and I have a real desire to do well, whether I’m exercising or playing. It’s frustrating when you look at the players training, playing football and being involved in games.” Nemanja Vidic
Vidic also talked about his injury to the Sun, citing that the hardest part of his rehabilitation was watching other players training and playing football when he could not. Hopefully, his frustrations drive him forward this year and our Serbian dynamo can lead the team to the title once again.
He said: “It’s hard not to play for eight months.
“That’s what I missed.
“What drove me on was trying to come back and be the same as I was before the injury or even better, if possible.
“Obviously it was a long time but at first I had to focus on getting the leg right.
“After that I had some physical work to do. But I gave my best to recover as well as I could, so that when I came back I would be fit and competing every week — that was my target.”