Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has admitted that he believes his team can no longer retain the Premier League title, following their 3-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea yesterday.
The long-serving centre-back, who was sent off late-on during the dismal away trip to Stamford Bridge revealed that he thinks United should now be focusing on finishing in the top four as opposed to winning the league.
"I think we are too far behind and we have to focus now on the top three or four," Vidic told Sky Sports.
"We have to focus on the [Capital One] Cup and the Champions League.”
United’s defeat leaves them some way off the pace of league leaders Arsenal, who are a now 14 points clear of the Old Trafford club. But despite their dreary fortunes thus far, Vidic is adamant that the supporters can have something to be optimistic about.
"We have to be positive, we have to stick together, we have to change things around. Hopefully we can play better football and with a bit of luck, we can turn things around,” the Serbian international continued.
"We didn't play a bad game [at Chelsea]. They had three shots and scored three goals and that's the difference in the game, we have been punished for every mistake we made."
As for Vidic’s personal future at the club, things could not be more up in the air at this point. The 32-year-old’s current contract is up this summer and he is already said to being courted by the likes of Juventus and mega-rich Monaco.
It’s thought that United are willing to offer him a new deal to tie him down, but according to quotes from his agent last week he is in no hurry to commit his future to the club.