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Vidic: We Aim To Repeat 2008 Success

Manchester United captain, Nemanja Vidic, has today claimed that our aim this season is to win the league title and European Cup.

“Our aim this season is to win both the Premier League and Champions League,” said Vidic. “We had a disappointing campaign in Europe last season but I think this year will be different. We will learn from the mistakes of last year when we relaxed too much. Maybe we had become too complacent because we always seemed to automatically get past the group stage. That mentality cost us. We also had injuries – including my own – and we had a lot of younger players who were adjusting too. But now the younger players are a lot more experienced, and hopefully we will now have better luck with injuries.”


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21 Comments

  1. Proverb says:

    Well said vida, injuries and fucking complacency really fucked our chances of going alittle bit further in champions league, this time last year we were on a cruise, shifting full all happened to encounter on our path until the injury wores kicked in and started slacking, that on the league.
    In cL we had already screwed big time, the ridiculous amount of goals we let in at old trfford vs minors of the competition it was something you don’t want do experience again..
    This year we’re better equipped to go far and can even win it, hopefully wazza will get a perfect present for his little sunshine since it happens to be on the same month than colleen give birth. Ha, little shrek on the way, possibly the new busby

    Whether its a boy or girl should be named ferguson :D

  2. Fergie's gum says:

    We’ll win d premier league but have my doubts over the champions league

  3. Proverb says:

    Alex*

  4. TK99 says:

    if we have an injury free campaign ,then i truly believe we have every chance

  5. Giles Oakley says:

    The skipper’s right about complacency and in fact could go further. It wasn’t just United’s players and management who got too presumptive about winning major trophies , the supporters have a lot to answer for too, including – sad to say – some regulars here on RoM and other United sites. The most glaring example was when United were winning 3-1 and then 4-2 against Everton and half of Old Trafford seemed to think the title was in the bag, an assumption that seemed to filter through to Fergie and the players. Never again, people, never again.

  6. Kelvin says:

    I wish I shared his optimism.

  7. Zibbie says:

    Sir Giles, as per. Spot on. The fans are a spoiled lot. Entitlement is a stepping stone to pure stupefied thinking.
    The PL and the CL are tough nuts to crack. I for one am with Vida, Barca the 2 defensive P’s are hurt, all the cumulative games over a 5 year period will effect them. The CL I have a feeling of a good run!! RvP Rooney get people back have time to play together!!!

  8. DohaRed says:

    We’ve got a brilliant squad, no reason we can’t do it, but please come back soon Nemanja

  9. Corea says:

    @Giles Oakley – You are talking about some complacency on here but believe me (not important but anyway), as soon as i heard Mancini saying United have more experience, United are favorites, and United have the title almost sealed after City lost to Arsenal i smelled the disaster.
    It’s a pity there wasn’t a single man enough to bring the idea to the players and stuff during those days.
    Wigan game was a nighmare with obvious background.
    It seemed like this was just meant to be.

  10. stret end ryda says:

    Wot about the f.a cup? Its been nearly 10 years since we last won it! Fuckin joke!

  11. Giles Oakley says:

    Corea,

    I had exactly the same reaction as you to what Mancini said at the end of last season. And yes, the Wigan match was a disaster waiting to happen as supporters prattled on about how ‘we always put four past Wigan’ , or ‘easy three points’ etc. Even when United had their 8 point lead I sensed the attitude was all wrong and never thought we were going to win the title.

    Even when we beat Sunderland and City were losing to QPR I still didn’t think we’d win it. All through the season there was a listlessness at crucial times, a kind of slow motion approach. I sometimes felt Fergie was coasting, as he seemed to lack his usual intensity. It has been similar at times this season, with admissions from him that no thought had gone into who’d take penalties, and even after the Newcastle result , when we got our first 2 goals from corners, Fergie blithely admitted we almost never get set-piece goals. Well, why not?? Every other team puts time and effort into dead ball situations, so why is it all so haphazard at United.

    I sensed, at last, a kind of awakening by Fergie at half time when we were 2-0 down to Spurs, as though he suddenly realised his legacy would be swamped by a re-juvenated Chelsea plus Oil-guzzling City if he didn’t get back into a far more concentrated mode. I hope the sleeping giant has truly awoken. We do have the squad and with an injection of youthful energy from Kagawa, Cleverley and Welbeck plus others in the wings, maybe we can move on past or huge over-reliance on the genius of Paul Scholes and fleet-footed Ryan Giggs.

    All through his career Fergie has stayed keeping faith with past-their-sell-by players, going back to good old Choccy McClair in the late 1990s, through Roy Keane in the mid-2000s, and now to Giggs and Scholes, brilliant though both are. He should be putting out teams with some youthful swagger and Red Devil-may-care spirit, not old stagers who play precentage balls. I love Scholes and Giggs – please don’t get me wrong, and there’s always a place for them, but we need to be moving on. Younger players who would benefit from ten minutes as a sub at the end of a match when we are winning are having opportunites blocked because Giggs is coming on, despite his increasing habit of flicking at the ball and giving it away.

    Vidic’s hard-man determination will do wonders if he’s setting the team up psychologically to see themselves as serious contenders on the two major fronts, just like 2008. It’s great he’s speaking out like that. If he’d been fit through last Spring United would be champions today.

  12. Corea says:

    @Giles Oakley – great read.

    Giggs is past it for 2 years now for my liking. Of course he is a valuable member of the squad, a legend but his role should have been limitated long before.
    There are 3 things that could put you off speaking out about how Giggs is this and how Giggs is that.
    His experience, Fergie’s insistence in giving him games and of course tendency on here to bully the ones who migh try to undermine some United players.

    Remember, i wonder if many of us notices, but when rumours about Pogba wanting out and speaking to Juventus had become knows, Fergie gave the player as much minutes as he possibly could. Everytime we went 2-0 at OT there was a single player on Fergie’s mind but the player already turned his head into another direction.

    And here goes hoping.. We have our own young player with potential, a local lad and we start to believe it is possible and then we hear he gets his drunk but into trouble.

  13. Sam says:

    I dont get it…all our players say the right thing but on the pitch its like they forget. Ah well hopefully we’ll kick into gear now

  14. denton davey says:

    Corea @ 18:15: “Giggs is past it for 2 years now for my liking.”

    That’s harsh – he “saved” TheLads against Norwich last spring; he was HUGE in the CL in the spring of 2011 against CSKALondon.

    The issue with SirRyanGiggs is – and always has been – inconsistency; not just from game-to-game but within the match. In that sense, his contributions are very similar to Nani’s – who gets roundly slated for his down-side and under-appreciated for his up-side.

    Giggs – and Scholes – are still very inventive on-the-ball but both are susceptible to pressing defenders. Giggs can turn and get back into something resembling a defensive position but TheGingerNinja just doesn’t have the legs for more than one or two gut-bursting runs in a match. So, these guys have the skill but not the physicality to work as starters any more; but, as “tilted field” substitutes they are valuable – and as role models for professionalism, they’re still valuable too.

    Overall, however, I agree with Giles Oakley (@ 18:00) that they’re both now “old stagers”; relying on them is counter-productive in terms of unleashing a NewUTD. Giggs, in particular, should have watched (and learned) from RedNev’s frank acknowledgment in December 2010 that he could no longer go back to re-play his glory days again.

  15. Adam says:

    Wish I shared his optimism as well, but top 4 finish and semis in CL unless things change significantly improve in oh so many aspects..

  16. Adam says:

    “Well, why not?? Every other team puts time and effort into dead ball situations, so why is it all so haphazard at United”

    Wouldn’t practicing these situations crap load serve a perfect dual purpose…scoring more from these, and having DDG learn how to defend these?

  17. MyCowIsTheBest says:

    Surprised.. that should have been the target every year for us..

  18. Corea says:

    @denton davey – overall agreed. but we can safely say that some players even modest ones can have their moments. of course Giggs can be productive in some games but he is used much too often for my liking.
    but again it’s tough to sit here and discuss.

  19. friveluss says:

    fully fit we have the most squad depth and are more than equipped to win the premier league. our first 11 though leaves doubts in my mind as to whether they are equipped to handle the best in europe. i feel we lack a real ball carrier with regards to our 1st team combination of carrick/scholes. what emerges is a real over reliance on wing play and having two defensive minded mids often means the inability to involve players like rvp and kagawa higher up on the pitch. it also nullifies our counter attack to a large extent if we choose or try to go down the middle of the pitch instead of a valencia/nani driven counter on the wings. tom cleverly has had some pretty astonishing defensive stats this season and i think a combination with him and anderson should be allowed an opportunity. especially if cleverly lies deeper and plays a dictating role. anderson is an out and out attacking midfielder. a large part of his decline has been fergies insistance on moulding him into a box to box type player.

  20. denton davey says:

    friveluss @ 12:53: “anderson is an out and out attacking midfielder. a large part of his decline has been fergies insistance on moulding him into a box to box type player.”

    Disagree – his problems have been mostly injury-related. The guy just can’t get fit and stay fit.

    I like what I’ve seen when Anderson is partnered with YoungTom and DarrenFletcherinho – lots of drive and energy from all three players; much more up-tempo team performance, too.

    BUT, will SAF play those three and not Michael Carrick and Nani/AV7 as well as Giggs/Scholes ? I doubt that – and it’s not as if Anderson/Cleverley/Fletcher are “kids” any more – they’re 23/23/26 which should be the prime years of their careers.

    For all the talk about “winning with kids”, SAF seems reluctant to let these guys get an extended run. Too much chopping/changing and tinkering so as to accommodate the “old stagers”. They’re all fit now and it will be a kind of “moment of truth” to see how they are deployed.

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