Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is demanding a swift response from his teammates following their 4-1 humiliation at the hands of neighbors Manchester City on Sunday.
The Red Devils were outfought and outplayed on a day that is unlikely to linger in the minds of Manchester United's fans or players alike.
The defeat to title rivals City means the Red Devils are yet to get a win against any of the fierce competitors they have played this season in Chelsea, Liverpool and the aforementioned Manchester City. Staggeringly, just one point has been accumulated from those three games from a possible nine.
United now head into a decisive period in their season looking for a quick reprieve from the early pressure they are already currently under. A run of four games in the next fortnight sees United host old rivals Liverpool in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.
That is followed by a return to Premier League action against West Brom at Old Trafford on Saturday and then a trip to formidable home side Shakhtar Donetsk during midweek.
And club captain Vidic is demanding a return to winning ways starting on Wednesday, saying to reporters: “We cannot be sad and feel sorry for ourselves. We can’t afford to do that. We have to react and win the next match.
“We have been beaten in the past. It is not the first derby defeat so it is not a first for a United captain.”
Additionally, the uncompromising Serb believes that the players are the ones having to retaliate, more so than new boss David Moyes.
Vidic added: “This is a club that has a history.
"This is a club who has players who have won so many titles and the players are all national team players. There is so much experience. We have to bounce back but this has hurt.
“The most important thing that the new manager and the old manager said was that you have to bounce back and win the next game.”
United will have to quickly banish the memories of that defeat to Manchester City, as they head into a schedule that is far more appeasing to the first five fixtures of the Premier League.
“You don’t want to lose derby games in this way and, trust me, no-one will want to remember this. It is tough when you lose the derby game and especially the way we lost. It was never close to a draw or a win. But the worst part of it was the defeat.” Vidic added.
The coming fixtures could be make or break for David Moyes and his side and United must respond.
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