Serie A boss Walter Mazzarri reveals that he knows overusing former Manchester United star Nemanja Vidic this season was a mistake…
Inter Milan manager Walter Mazzarri has admitted that he has overplayed former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic this season, according to TalkSport.
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The Italian side lost 4-1 to Cagliari at the San Siro, and while none of the side particularly covered themselves in glory, Vidic had a particularly bad game.
The Serbian international has failed to adapt to Seria A since his move from the Premier League, marking his debut by conceding a penalty and seeing red for clapping a refereeing decision.
After the Cagliari match Mazzarri revealed that he was hesitant to rest the ex-Red Devils captain due to his leadership status, but in hindsight he shouldn’t have pushed the defender so hard.
“He is probably one of those I used too much,” Mazzarri said.
“He’s strong and a leader, so I didn’t want to rest him, but he was fatigued and therefore below par. I take responsibility for that, as I should’ve made more changes and realised there are players who at this moment cannot play three or four times in a row.”
Manchester United are struggling in the Premier League at the moment due to a severe lack of central-defenders. They may be wishing they hadn’t let go of both Vidic and Rio Ferdinand this summer, although with the Serb playing the way he is it seems like his best years are behind him.
Vidic is clearly a top quality defender, even if he is a little past his best at this point. He will no doubt adapt to the Italian league however, and with his leadership qualities he may become a vital part of the Serie A side.