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What Nemanja Vidic said about the 2008 Man Utd team after West Brom defeat

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Nemanja Vidic couldn't have picked a more unfortunate day to appear in the Sky Sports studio this weekend.

The Manchester United legend had to sit through his old side's capitulation at the hands of rock bottom West Brom and see former rivals Manchester City secure the Premier League title. We can only begin to imagine his reaction when Jay Rodriguez found the net.

Nevertheless, Vidic showed himself to be a very accomplished pundit alongside Thierry Henry on Super Sunday.

He showed his unrivalled defending nous at half-time during the Newcastle v Arsenal game by essentially giving Shkodran Mustafi a crash course in marking.

To say he wasn't impressed with the German's tracking of Ayoze Perez would be putting things mildly.

Vidic reflected on Fergie's 2008 team

And, of course, he was able to offer even more insight when it came to United.

Vidic spent nine years at Old Trafford, accumulating exactly 300 appearances as he went onto win five Premier League titles, three League Cups and five Community Shields.

His biggest achievement with the Red Devils, however, came in 2008 when one of Sir Alex Ferguson's greatest United teams secured the Champions League over Chelsea.

Manchester United v Chelsea - UEFA Champions League Final

'The Man Utd mentality'

It was a historic night for the club and one that came to mind for Vidic when watching the current United side fall to pieces against West Brom.

One of the great talking points about the loss concerned the team's mentality, especially considering they'd just secured a thrilling 3-2 win away to eventual champions City the week before.

Jose Mourinho had even warned about complacency after the victory, but his team still fell into the trap.

As a result, in analysis, Vidic stated: "It seems like he is saying there is a problem with mentality in the players.

"I think the Man United players know every game is important and they have to win.

“You play for Man United, it’s not acceptable to draw or lose, always you have a high expectancy.

"We won the Champions League and we didn’t celebrate. We had two hours of celebration, go on holiday, and the manager was thinking: ‘Who will we bring in next season to compete?’”

If the winning mentality of that Ferguson team could hold strong after winning the Champions League, where was a similar attitude from Mourinho's side after winning the Manchester derby?


There are liking more factors involved in the defeat than complacency, but the stark contrast between the two results suggest its certainly played its part.

Nevertheless, with second place still in their hands and City's title win a mere inevitability, Mourinho will have to move on and channel the attitude of Ferguson going forward in 2018-19.

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