Manchester - Outgoing Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic admitted on
Wednesday that the players "lost belief" during the campaign that has
just ended, but says they never deserted former manager David Moyes.
was a bad time and the players could have done better. But everyone
lost belief in the team," Vidic, who has agreed to join Inter Milan,
told BBC Sport.
"People said we lost faith in David Moyes. We didn't. We knew he was trying to build something."
endured a disastrous campaign after succeeding Alex Ferguson as manager
last year and was sacked in April, with United going on to finish in
seventh place in the Premier League and failing to qualify for Europe.
Vidic, who spent eight-and-a-half years at United, conceded that the
players had argued about how to turn the club's fortunes around, he
insists that Moyes was never the target of their anger.
players did argue among ourselves. But we were arguing to get better,"
he added. "We never argued with the manager or his assistants. Never."
Ryan Giggs succeeded Moyes on an interim basis and United are
reportedly close to appointing experienced Netherlands coach Louis van
Gaal as their next permanent manager.
With Vidic's long-term
partner Rio Ferdinand also leaving the club, United find themselves in
need of a new first-choice centre-back pairing.
internationals Phil Jones and Chris Smalling will now hope to establish
themselves at the heart of the United defence, but former club captain
Roy Keane has been critical of their progress.
"We were told two
or three years ago Jones was going to be the new Duncan Edwards and
Smalling was this and that," Keane said, in comments reported by several
British newspapers on Wednesday.
"I've watched United live nine
or 10 times this year and they have been none of those things. If
anything, I think they have gone backwards.
"Jones needs to toughen up. He's playing for Man United. Every time I see him he is getting carried off."