Saturday March 14 2015
Vidic criticism 'shameful'

Nemanja Vidic’s agent blasted the Italian media and Inter Coach Roberto Mancini for “shameful” treatment.

The tactician said after the 3-1 defeat to Wolfsburg that the howler was not the fault of goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo, but of his defenders – specifically Vidic – who passed it back rather than forward.

Now representative Silvano Martina has spoken to Antenna Tre to defend the ex-Manchester United man.

“I don’t see what mistakes Nemanja might’ve made, as if a back-pass to the goalkeeper is an error then football has changed,” said Martina.

“I will just say that Mancini’s comments were a big mistake, especially from an experienced Coach. I don’t see what errors he could’ve made to warrant such an attack.”

Martina had previously denied any tension between Vidic and Mancini, but adjusted his position today.

“I will only say that with Mancini’s arrival on the bench, Vidic didn’t see the pitch for two months. He only started when there were no other defenders available, such as against Genoa.

“This is the tactical system he has always preferred and made him into one of the best centre-backs in circulation, so I do not understand why he is not getting more opportunities to play.

“Nemanja never stirs up controversy, but in my view he hasn’t been given the best treatment. I cannot explain it.

“He came to Milan with so much enthusiasm, he adapted to Walter Mazzarri’s requirements and did his work well.

“When results don’t come, you can’t just blame one individual, yet everyone seems to assume Vidic is the sole man responsible.

“If Inter’s season isn’t going the way people hoped, the responsibility has to be shared around. This is shameful and makes me feel that it is somehow planned.

“Once and for all, I want to make it clear that Manchester United wanted him to stay and offered a new deal when we had already agreed terms with Inter last January.

“He came to Inter because he wanted to play in an important Italian club like this. At the same time, obviously he is not happy with the results and I find it absurd that he was blamed for a back-pass.”

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