Nemanja Vidic demands big improvements after Manchester United are held to late draw by Fulham at Craven Cottage

August 23rd, 2010

Nightmare: Nemanja Vidic looks on after Fulham's late leveller

Nemanja Vidic has warned that Manchester United must sort out their act quickly if they are to keep pace with rampant Chelsea at the top of the table.

United were held to a 2-2 draw by Fulham in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday when they reacted slowly to allow Brede Hangeland to head home in the 89th minute.

Hangeland’s own goal five minutes earlier appeared to have handed United the points after Simon Davies had cancelled out Paul Scholes’s opening goal.With Chelsea storming to successive 6-0 victories in their opening two games, United are already under pressure to hit top gear – and Vidic insists they must improve.

The giant Serbian defender told MUTV: ‘It’s a bad result, especially when we had a good result in the last minutes of the game.

‘A draw is  difficult to take and we feel real disappointment about what happened in the end, but I hope we take some points from the goal we lost, and it doesn’t happen again.

‘It’s hard to take. I think we would have been happy with the result – if not the performance – if we had won, but there are definitely some points to take from the game. The goal we lost at the end was a shame and we probably need to improve at set-pieces.

‘We had a draw against Newcastle two years ago. We’ve had some bad results at the beginning of seasons, and we don’t want to get down after this result.

‘It’s hard to take because we had the result and as a team we have experience. We shouldn’t allow them to score again two minutes from the end. That’s why we’re disappointed, but I hope in the next game we will be stronger.’

Sir Alex Ferguson criticised his players for dropping ‘silly points’ at Craven Cottage.

United, missing Wayne Rooney because of a virus, suffered an early slip in the Barclays Premier League title race when Nani missed an 87th-minute penalty that
would have secured a 3-1 lead.

‘When you get the opportunity to seal the game with that penalty you should be taking it,’ said Ferguson. It was a missed opportunity and it galvanised them, got the crowd up and they scored the equaliser in the end. When we got that second goal I thought “we’ve escaped here”

‘”But to miss a penalty kick to make it 3-1, you’re throwing two points away there I’m afraid. You don’t want to be dropping silly points and we dropped silly points. We can’t escape that. There was an opportunity to go 3-1 ahead with three minutes left and we didn’t take it.’
Source:Daily mail

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