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Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has insisted his side’s hopes of winning the Premier League this year are over after the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Sunday’s loss leaves United 14 points behind league leaders Arsenal and despite the season still having five months remaining, the Serbian international has ruled out any chance of retaining their crown.
Red Devils boss David Moyes has denied his side are out of the title race, but Vidic does not agree although he insists the former Everton boss is not to blame for the slump in form.
Vidic’s afternoon on Sunday got even worse towards the end of the game when he was sent off for a late foul on Eden Hazard. The dismissal means that Vidic will now miss Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Sunderland.
After the game, Vidic told Sky Sports: “We are too far behind and we have now to focus on the top three or four.
“It’s not going to be easy, we have to now fight to achieve the Champions League. We have to stay positive and stick together and work hard. With a bit of luck hopefully we can achieve that.
“We cannot always speak about managers, the players are tired of speaking about that because the manager is trying to do the best he can. Tactically we did well today.”
United are 3.20 to beat Sunderland at Old Trafford while the Black Cats are 11.00 despite leading Moyes’ men 2-1 on aggregate from the first leg.