‘Not happy at all’: Nemanja Vidic slams sloppy defending, as Manchester United fumble past Southampton

By Dean Wilkins

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is unhappy at the defending shown by the Reds after another unconvincing back-four performance yesterday.

Sir Alex Ferguson battled with an injury-hit squad in the opening defeat to Everton and a scrappy 3-2 win over Fulham last week.

But Vidic joined Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Rafael da Silva in front of second-choice goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard as they came from behind twice to win 3-2.

And the Serbian centre-back is eager to pick up the pieces and rediscover the resilient form he and Ferdinand had a couple of seasons ago.

“It was a difficult game and we conceded two goals we’re not happy with at all,” Vidic said.

“We’ve been told before the game what Southampton’s strengths are, what their game is and what they’re trying to achieve. In the end, they did it so it’s disappointing.

“I think it’s only the second time in a year myself and Rio have played together so it’s a long time and obviously it’s tough as everyone needs more games.”

Goals from Rickie Lambert and Morgan Schneiderlin put Southampton ahead twice – before Robin van Persie’s hat-trick earned United the win – but both goals should have been prevented.

“I have to say, we are not really pleased with the goals we’ve conceded,” Vidic added. “There was a lack of concentration, I think, for all four goals we lost [in the last two games] but we have to work on it.

“You have to say we’ve had a lot of turbulence in defence with so many changes and people going in and going out.

“We didn’t have a constant back four and sometimes it causes a problem, but we look forward to the next games. We have over a week to improve our fitness and obviously our form so we are going to be right for the next game in the Premier League.”

Van Persie missed a penalty to draw the game at 2-2 with 15 minutes left to play, but the Dutchman fought back from his weak spot kick to net twice in four late minutes and seal the victory.

“Robin was great,” Vidic claimed. “I think he’s a great player. Even in his first game, he did a good job and this one is amazing with three goals to give us three points, which I think are going to count very much at the end of the season.

“He’s a good penalty taker but it could happen to anyone. It was not a great penalty, I have to say, but, in the end, he managed to score two more so we got the win.”

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