Vidic: Title bid is over

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic admits his team's Premier League title hopes are over following the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Last Updated: 20/01/14 at 08:34 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The damaging defeat leaves United 14 points behind leaders Arsenal and Vidic believes the gap is too big for the current champions to close.

Vidic told Sky Sports: "We are too far behind and we have now to focus on the top three or four.

"We have to be positive, today we didn't play a bad game. They had three shots and scored three goals and that's the difference in the game, we have been punished for every mistake we made.

"It's not going to be easy, we have to now fight to achieve the Champions League. We have to stay positive and stick together and work hard. With a bit of luck hopefully we can achieve that."

Vidic is refusing to blame David Moyes for United's slump in form and says the players are tired of discussing their under-fire boss.

He said: "We cannot always speak about managers, the players are tired of speaking about that because the manager is trying to do the best he can. Tactically we did well today."

The Serbian defender was upset by the decision to send him off for a foul on Eden Hazard late in the game at Stamford Bridge. The red card means Vidic is ruled out out of Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Sunderland.

"My feeling is that it was very harsh because I went for the ball. Hazard we know is a sharp player and he just pushed the ball," he added.

"In my opinion it was not a red card I was disappointed with that decision at the time."

Despite their struggles, Moyes insists that their long-term planning will not be replaced by short-term thinking, no matter what their results are.

Asked if he could change his plans to fix their short-term issues, he told Sky Sports: "Not because of results.

"The club know exactly what we want to do and the direction we want to go and the type of players we want to bring to the club and a lot aren't available in this window. If we could get any of them we would do, we are trying but more than likely most people know it is difficult.

"I think the club have always said it is long-term, we know there is a job to be done and we have an idea of players we would like to bring in and we would like them now, but more than likely won't be."

Moyes refused to rule United out of the title race, but admits it would not be easy from here.

"It is a long way away, we will never say it is gone and we will do our best to get back in and the only thing we can do is try and win our next game and we will try and do that," he said.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Ian Baraclough was delighted Motherwell's game plan worked at Ibrox

Ian Baraclough says Motherwell's game plan worked perfectly as they won 3-1 at Rangers in the Premiership play-off final

Stuart McCall disappointed by slack Rangers in Motherwell defeat

Stuart McCall says Rangers gave their poorest performance under him as they lost their play-off tie against Motherwell

Chris Coleman hopeful Wales will not lost points from Israel win

Wales manager Chris Coleman fears his side would be badly affected if they lose points from their European Qualifier against Israel.

Mail Box

What Is It That FIFA Actually Do?

That's the question raised timidly by someone sat at the back of the room, whilst others remind that UEFA aren't perfect either. Plus a few more gone on to better XIs...

Time To Step Up, Mr Platini...

UEFA should step up and extend the Euros to replace FIFA's tarnished World Cup, say a couple of mailboxers. Also: all hail Carlo, King of the Kop, and plenty more Budget XIs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company