Nemanja Vidic has warned his
Manchester United team-mates they must learn quickly from the sloppiness that
cost them victory at Fulham on Sunday if they are to keep up with Chelsea at
the top of the Premier League.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side dropped
their first points of the season at Craven Cottage after missing a late penalty
and then conceding a stoppage time equaliser to Brede Hangeland. The manager
admitted that his side had dropped “silly points” with Vidic, one of the visiting
players out jumped by the Norwegian for Fulham’s second, just as frustrated by
the wasteful stalemate.
“Everyone in the dressing-room was
very disappointed,” said the Serbian defender. “It was a bad result, especially
as we were winning in the last minute of the game. It’s hard to take the draw.
We have to make sure that the goals we lost today don’t happen again. All in
all, it’s hard to take. If it had finished 2-1 we would have been happy with
the result, but not that much with the performance.”
“We need to improve at set pieces.
We knew it would be hard even before: we always find it difficult against
Fulham. They have many strong players like Bobby Zamora, Hangeland and Dickson
Etuhu. They are good in the air and we knew what we were going to face.”
At least United were bolstered by
the continuing good form of midfield veteran Paul Scholes who scored their
first goal, his second of the season.
United’s draw ensured
only the defending champions, Chelsea, boast a perfect start to the new season
having won both their games resoundingly. “We’ve slipped behind early before,
it’s happened in previous years,” said Vidic. “We drew against Newcastle two
years ago and had some other bad results at the start of the season and still
gone on to challenge.”