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Manchester United captain has faith in David Moyes

Vidic believes the defensive errors will stop (©GettyImages)
Vidic believes the defensive errors will stop (©GettyImages).

Nemanja Vidic has faith in new manager David Moyes despite the poor start to the season.

The centre-back does admit that United have been let down by poor defending, but believes that their quality with shine through and will result in the team winning trophies under their new manager.

If anyone is questioning the quality of the Manchester United squad, it is certainly is not Nemanja Vidic, who has little worries despite a poor start to the Premier League campaign.

David Moyes’ start to his Manchester United managerial career has been intriguing.

Of the nine matches that United have played since Sir Alex Ferguson moved on, it can be argued that three have been largely impressive, four were somewhat average and the other two were undeniably appalling.

The result last night in the Champions League was definitely impressive. United secured a draw away to Shakhtar Donetsk, which was the first time in five attempts any English team had avoided defeat in Europe’s most prestigious club competition at the Donbass Arena.

But, United have to follow this result up domestically when they travel to Sunderland on Saturday evening. Anything less than a win would add to the Premier League woes United have suffered recently, losing to both West Bromwich Albion and local rivals Manchester City.

"We have to accept it has not been a great start," said Vidic speaking to the Telegraph.

"We have not been getting the performances we would have liked and we also have to be realistic enough to accept we have made some mistakes.

"This team has a lot of potential and we are working really well.

"Sometimes the results don't come. Sometimes the performances don't come. But I am really positive.

"The most important thing is to defend right. If we defend well, I think we have a really good chance to win trophies."

"You don't want to make mistakes two or three times," he said.

"That is the main thing. Once you have made one, don't do it again.

"That is the thing we have to learn.

"The last 10 days have been tough. We lost concentration at certain times, which we shouldn't have allowed.

"We are doing everything we can. We just have to be patient."

Vidic understands that United’s defence has made multiple errors recently which have cost the side, but positively, last night’s display appeared to show they may be turning a corner as the defence was unequivocally solid, but for the moment they conceded a goal.

What many have failed to realise – something Moyes has pointed out – is that United have already faced three of their major rivals, and two of those games were away from home.

The trouble is, following the defeat of Liverpool in the Capital One Cup, the visit of West Brom was supposed to launch a late start to the Premier League campaign.

Instead, United lost and now, if they lose at Sunderland, they are facing a third straight defeat - the first time since December 2001 - and falling further down the bottom half of the table.

"I think this is a more important game," said Vidic of the weekend trip to Wearside.

"We need to get a few wins in a row.

"The situation is not that bad compared to the teams who you would think will also be competing for the title, or at least the ones who were the favourites.

"We know we have to improve. We know we have to work hard and stick together on the pitch.

"We did that against Shakhtar and hopefully we can do that over the next few weeks because with that kind of mentality we have a good chance to do well."

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