Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is confident the club are ready to bounce back from agonisingly losing the Premier League title to rivals Manchester City, and believes they have improved as a squad. The Red Devils captain has recently returned from a long-term injury lay-off and believes the club have benefited from last season’s experiences and are ready to compete again. Nemanja Vidic believes Manchester United’s failures last season will make them a better team this time round.
He forced to look on from the sidelines as he recovered from a cruciate ligament injury, is now ready to lead a more resolute United back into battle this campaign.”We had some young players play a lot of games last season and they’ll have learned a lot – we all learned,” said Vidic, fit again after a knee injury. “In Europe we’ve had so much success in recent years – we’ve had three finals, a semi-final – and maybe we relaxed a bit last season. We were punished and we can’t allow that to happen again. We had a few injuries last season too. I hope everyone can stay fit this season. The young players can learn from last year, so I’m confident we’ll be better this year,” said Vidic. He told reporters, “It’s hard to take when you lose the league in the last few minutes, but we don’t think about that now. We’ve had success in the past as well, but we forget about that too. We move forward. That’s something we’ve always been good at. I’m training well and looking forward to the next few games. Hopefully, by the start of the season, I’ll be ready to play. The young players can learn from last year, so I’m confident we’ll be better this year. We have a lot of players in defence. But that’s good for the team.
The last two years we’ve had a lot of injuries in defence and we’ve had to bring Michael Carrick into that position sometimes. But I believe this year we’ll all be in good shape and we’ll do the best we can to help the team do well.” After eight months out recovering from his injury nightmare Vidic finally returned to action for United in Sunday’s goalless draw with Norwegian outfit Valerenga. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side now move on to a high-profile encounter with Barcelona in Gothenburg tomorrow, with Vidic insisting such a game is vital ahead of the season-opener with Everton on August 20. Speaking to manutd.com, Vidic added: “For me, it was really good to have 60 minutes in Oslo. Hopefully I’ll play even longer against Barcelona and I should be fit for the beginning of the season.” Defender Jonny Evans has resumed light training after undergoing an ankle operation and could be available for the trip to Everton. United team-mate Wayne Rooney is pleased with the state of his fitness after his first run-out against Valerenga. Rooney added: “I’m happy with how I’m doing. Everybody needs games to get up to match fitness, not just me. I’m training well, though, and I’m looking forward to the next few games. Hopefully, by the start of the season, I’ll be ready to play.”
The Red Devils lost out on a dramatic final day but the Serbian believes the club have a history of forgetting past successes or failures, and believes the arrivals of Nick Powell and Shinji Kagawa and the extra experience will put them in a good position for the upcoming upcoming.