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Nemanja Vidic says players argued a lot under David Moyes

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Nemanja Vidic has revealed that virtually the entire Manchester United squad were arguing under David Moyes' ill-fated reign at Old Trafford.

The Serbian brought an end to an eight-year spell with Manchester United last weekend, waving goodbye to fans as he prepares to join Inter Milan.

Speaking for the first time since saying his goodbyes, Vidic revealed that the players argued and bickered more under Moyes than they ever did under Sir Alex Ferguson.

This season was Manchester United's worst in the Premier League as they finished seventh, falling out of the top three for the first time in over two decades.

The 32-year-old said the squad struggled to cope under the stressful conditions and arguments were commonplace in the Old Trafford dressing room as a result.

"We argued amongst ourselves," Vidic told the Daily Telegraph. "This year more than any other, because when you have bad times, people show they care.

"We are still friends, but we were arguing to get better. We wanted to improve.

"We could say those things to each other because we have been together for so long, but it hurt.

"If you didn’t argue, it would not be right. We had some hard moments in the dressing room between ourselves."

Vidic also revealed that the players were never willing to accept Moyes' different training techniques and tactics. He does, however, admit that Moyes' ways weren't bad but that the Manchester United players simply didn't want to change for Sir Alex Ferguson's style.

"There was a transition," Vidic continued. "You get someone who sees football in a different way and he will want to put his stamp on the team and the way he wants to play.

"Ryan [Giggs] shares the same ideas as Sir Alex Ferguson and his was a more similar approach to the one we had with Sir Alex. The players are more used to it and felt more comfortable with it.

"I am not saying that the David Moyes way was bad, but these players feel more comfortable playing a certain way of football. You have to respect where you are and what you represent, though, and there is no point speaking about someone who was here, who everyone knows lost his job because he did not succeed in doing what he wanted to achieve.

"The best answer I can say is that he [Moyes] tried really hard, he was professional. He was really committed to the job and desperately wanted to do well. But unfortunately, it didn’t happen and we are all sad.

"Sometimes you have bad times and you question yourself, of course, but we never did anything to question the manager at all. We questioned ourselves more."

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