Hard work is key for Vidic

We are playing for points not to enjoy games, says United captain

Nemanja Vidic: Wants substance not style from United this season

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Nemanja Vidic insists Manchester United are ready to work even harder to win back the title - by focusing on points not goals.

The Red Devils scored 89 Premier League goals last season - their highest tally in over a decade - but it was not enough to prevent the title going to rivals Manchester City.

So the United skipper is targeting winning games at all costs rather than playing the sort of open, attacking football that allowed Everton to come back from 4-2 down at Old Trafford last season.

"Sometimes the main thing is to play for three points, not just to enjoy games," said the 30-year-old centre-back, quoted in The Sun.

"We want to play great football but we want three points and we want the title. I think this year we understand that."

Confidence

The Serbian believes City could be even stronger this season due to the confidence their title win will have given them but he balances that against the extra determination United now have.

Vidic added: "I think sometimes when you win the title, the next year you have more confidence because you feel that you're going to win it again.

"But when you don't win the title, the next year is the one where you think 'I have to push more, I have to work harder, I have to do better than last year.'

"And I think that's the difference. This is how players think.

"We didn't win it last year - now we really have to perform better. We have to work harder, stay strong as a group and play for each other."

Injury

The last campaign was a huge personal disappointment for Vidic as a knee injury restricted him to just 10 appearances in all competitions and he admits it has been a tough battle back to fitness.

"It's hard not to play for eight months," he said.

"It's not hard to train and do the gym work because I know the benefits and I have a real desire to do well, whether I'm exercising or playing.

"It's frustrating when you look at the players training, playing football and being involved in games. That's what I missed.

"What drove me on was trying to come back and be the same as I was before the injury or even better, if possible.

"Obviously it was a long time but at first I had to focus on getting the leg right.

"After that I had some physical work to do. But I gave my best to recover as well as I could, so that when I came back I would be fit and competing every week - that was my target."