Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Reds went for win - Vidic

Nemanja Vidic

Nemanja Vidic insists Manchester United stuck by their principles at Eastlands on Wednesday night by trying to win the derby-day bore draw.

Not only was the goalless stalemate the first encounter with City to end up in such fashion since 2004 - and the first on blue soil in 19 years, it was also largely devoid of goalmouth action.

"Our mentality is always to win," said Vidic. "Nothing changes. It doesn't matter whether it is at Manchester City or at Aston Villa on Saturday. Our target is always to win the game and even this time, we are disappointed not to."

Although it was the hosts who came closest to scoring through Carlos Tevez's first-half free-kick, United were the ones most determined to prize open an obdurate defence.

Certainly if blame is to be apportioned for such tepid fare, the red half of a divided city do not believe it should be attached to them.

There were obvious positives to take from the outcome. Another clean sheet for a start, indicating that those unusual early-season mishaps are now behind them.

"We were solid and we defended as a group," said Vidic, whose partnership with Rio Ferdinand has been a key factor in the Red Devils' recent improvement. "If you look at the past games we lost quite a few goals. Now we are keeping clean sheets, which is a bonus to take from the game."

The consolation amongst the Old Trafford hordes is that at least they tried to win the game.

"We were certainly the team pushing to win the game," argued Michael Carrick. "Our possession of the ball was excellent at times but the final ball and final shot didn't fall for us or open them up, which was frustrating.

"But we are still on a long unbeaten run and that fills us with confidence."

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