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Nemanja Vidic calm despite goal drought

September 3, 2013
By ESPN staff

Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic insists there should be no cause for concern despite their inability to get on the scoresheet in the last two Premier League games.

Nemanja Vidic joined Manchester United from Spartak Moscow in January 2006.
GettyImagesNemanja Vidic joined Manchester United from Spartak Moscow in January 2006.

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United opened their campaign with a 4-1 thrashing of Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, but since then have been held to a goalless draw by Chelsea and lost 1-0 to arch rivals Liverpool at Anfield. It is more than seven years since United last went two games without finding the back of the net.

Questions are already being asked about David Moyes' tactics, with some fans claiming he is too defensive. And while Vidic accepts United must improve, he does not believe the situation is cause for alarm.

"I would not say we are worried -- but we have to improve some areas," he is quoted as saying in The Sun. "Not scoring is not like us. But it is still the beginning of the season and we have so many games to play, some tough games.

"In the first game against Swansea, we scored four. But I don't judge matches only on goals. From every game you can take positives and negatives -- even from this one. I think both games against Liverpool and Chelsea were really solid and we didn't give our opponents anything.

"Obviously, we lost the goal after just a few minutes but I don't remember having such an easy game at the back. They didn't look very dangerous. We had lots of possession in the final third but the pass wasn't there. We had so many crosses from set pieces and we didn't take the chance to score from any of them and we should have done better.

"But, overall, we were the better team. We just didn't get the three points. You need the next game as quickly as possible. But the next game is Crystal Palace after the internationals and we have to be ready.

"Some of us will stay here and we will work hard. Some players will go away and maybe a few of them will need the games as well. Sometimes you need to go away, play for the national team and come back ready to perform."

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