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We argued amongst ourselves, admits Vidic
Outgoing Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has revealed some of his team-mates came to blows while working under the guidance of departed manager David Moyes this season.
The defender stated there was some resentment to the changes the Scot was trying to introduce at Old Trafford, but speculation the players had turned against the manager was wide of the mark.
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"We argued amongst ourselves," Vidic told the newspaper. "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.
"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.
"There was a transition. You get someone who sees football in a different way and he [Moyes] will want to put his stamp on the team and the way he wants to play.
"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 [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."
Vidic is not the only United player to break his silence over Moyes' disastrous tenure, with Shinji Kagawa having admitted the club almost "broke his spirit" this season. Rio Ferdinand, who will also depart for pastures new this summer, lost his starting place under Moyes and stated he was upset to be leaving the club.
Vidic admitted he had 'honest conversations' with Moyes over the course of his turbulent ten months as United boss, as he reflected on what proved to be his final season at Old Trafford with plenty of regrets.
"It has been hard," added Vidic. "We thought it might be difficult to win the title this year, but we still thought we would challenge for the trophies. We ended up losing the chance to win the title very early, though, and then we lost the chance to win the cups as well.
"We are used to fighting until the last day of the season for the title. That has happened for the last seven years and this year was the first year we have not done that, so it is hard to cope.
"Why did it happen? It is hard to say now. You cannot point the finger at something and say this is why, or at someone and say it was their fault.
"All of us have to take responsibility, but we have to accept that it did not work for us. We did not manage to keep the same standards of playing that we had under Sir Alex.
"I don't want to point at any one thing and say he should have stayed or that person might have come, or what if it had been someone else. If, if, if. That has passed.
"Everyone has their own ideas and their own vision. It is hard to judge on why they didn't do this or that. You should always judge on what they actually did do."