Vidic: United must be clinical

Marouane Fellaini’s second-half header separated the sides at

Goodison Park despite United enjoying long periods of possession

late on.

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

on set-pieces.

“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.”