Nemanja Vidic has been forced to deny that he decided to leave Manchester United at the end of the season because of the arrival of David Moyes.
Vidic was confirmed to be joining Inter Milan when his current contract at Old Trafford expires this coming summer. It was seen as a significant blow to Moyes as the Serbian is arguably the Red Devils' most effective centre-back, not to mention the club captain, and
Manchester United suffered a humiliating defeat to rivals Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, with two Steven Gerrard penalties (as well as him missing one) and a Luis Suarez goal sealing the 3-0 victory. It is possibly the most damning victory in a disappointing season for the reigning Premier League champions, leading many to call for Moyes to be sacked, and forced Vidic into denying the Scotsman's presence was behind his decision to leave.
"It had nothing to do with my decision. The time has come. Time for change and a different challenge in Italy," he told Sky Sports.
"It has been great eight years. Great memories - five titles, the Champions League and to play with so many great players. I've developed as a man. I have no regrets."
Moyes took over at Old Trafford in the summer after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and has been unable to maintain the standards set by his fellow Scot. Defeat to Liverpool has left Manchester United now 12 points off Manchester City in fourth, who also have two games in hand.
With them almost certain to miss out on Champions League football next season, a good showing is required in the current campaign. However, they are on the brink of elimination after being beaten 2-0 in the first leg by Greek side Olympiacos and will have to play as well as they have done all season to overturn the deficit on Wednesday.