Vidic says Manchester United players need to be more ‘clinical’ in away matches

London: Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has said they could have got something from their 1-0 defeat against Everton, but were punished because the players weren’t clinical enough throughout the match.

Belgium striker Marouane Fellaini scored the only goal of the game in the 57th minute to hand United their first opening-day Premier League defeat since 2004.

“We knew it would be a hard game. They did what they`re best at – playing long balls and focusing on set pieces. They had a few chances and in the end deserved to score, but we`re never happy when we concede from a set-piece,” a daily quoted Vidic, as saying.

“We had some possession but we weren`t clinical. When you go away from home you expect the home side to have some chances, but we need to be more clinical,” he added.

Phil Jagielka`s clearance off the line from a Tom Cleverley shot was the closest Sir Alex Ferguson`s side, but Vidic insists the loss is just a minor blip.

“It wasn`t a great game but we`re already looking forward to the next one. We`ve lost our first match in the past and finished well so hopefully we can win our next game and go on a long run,” Vidic said.