Vidic: United must be clinical
Marouane Fellaini’s second-half header separated the sides at
Goodison Park despite United enjoying long periods of possession
Vidic accepts it was always likely to be a difficult game
against a physical side but was disappointed that the Red Devils
could not take their chances.
“We knew it would be a hard game,” Vidic told MUTV.
“They did what they’re best at – playing long balls and focusing
“They had a few chances and in the end deserved to score, but
we’re never happy when we concede from a set-piece.
“We had some possession but we weren’t clinical. When you go
away from home you expect the home side to have some chances, but
we need to be more clinical.”
Fellaini’s aerial threat proved a real problem for a United
defence that included Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick.
It was Carrick who was outmuscled for Everton’s goal but Vidic
does not want to make excuses.
“When you come to places like Everton who will play long balls
into the box you need big, strong defenders, but we won’t use
injuries as an excuse,” added the 30-year-old defender.
“I thought the players who came in gave their best and hopefully
we’ll have a couple of defenders ready for the next game.
“Towards the end of the game Everton looked a bit tired and I
believed, even up until the last minute, we would score because we
had some good possession and they sat back a bit.
“Unfortunately we just couldn’t get the goal.
“It wasn’t a great game but we’re already looking forward to the
next one. We’ve lost our first match in the past and finished well
so hopefully we can win our next game and go on a long run.”