Monday 18 December 2017

Vidic: We can bounce back

Mark Ogden

NEMANJA VIDIC has admitted that Manchester United must learn the lessons from their costly draw at Fulham, but the Serbian defender has dismissed suggestions that Chelsea already have an advantage in the title race.

United's failure to emerge from Craven Cottage with three points -- courtesy of Nani's missed penalty while 2-1 ahead and Brede Hangeland's 89th-minute equaliser -- cost Alex Ferguson's team the opportunity to match the 100pc record of champions Chelsea, who have scored 12 goals in two 6-0 victories so far this season.

With struggling West Ham due at Old Trafford on Saturday, United will expect to return to winning ways. And Vidic insists it is more important that they focus on eradicating mistakes than Chelsea's early season lead at the top of the table.

"It's a shame whenever we drop points, but we need to improve at set-pieces," Vidic said. "If we had won at Fulham, we could have forgotten the game, but now there are definitely lessons we must learn from it and hopefully we will be stronger by the time we play again.

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"It's happened in previous years when we have dropped points early in the season. We drew against Newcastle two years ago and had some other bad results at the start of the season, and have still gone on to win things.

"We don't want to be too down after this result, but it's definitely hard to take. It's a bad result, especially as we were winning in the last minute of the game.

"It's hard to take the draw, but we have to make sure that the goals we lost (against Fulham) don't happen again."

United missed out on a record fourth successive league title last season, with Chelsea finishing one point ahead of Ferguson's team and midfielder Ryan Giggs admits that the players are aware of the fine margin between success and failure.

"The Premier League is probably the most important after losing the title by a point last season. We lost far too many last year and they were games we were capable of winning, too. That was the most disappointing thing," Giggs said.

"You know you are going to slip up, and every away game is tough, but you have to limit the mistakes." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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