Vidic defends Moyes, says “everyone lost belief in the team”

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Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic wasn’t happy to hear the media reports that his Red Devils wouldn’t play for David Moyes, or that they lost respect for their now-fired manager.

In fact, in an interview with BBC Sport, Vidic strongly denied that his club gave anything but its best for Moyes.

“People said we lost faith in David Moyes,” said Vidic. “We didn’t.”

It’s one of several strong statements from the 32-year-old defender, who said the players cooperated with Moyes at every turn.

From the BBC:

“The players did argue among ourselves,” he said. “But we were arguing to get better. When you have bad times, people show they care. It hurts but we could say those things to each other because we have been together for so long.

“We had some hard moments in the dressing room but we never argued with the manager or his assistants. Never.”

Saying the players “did everything that was asked of them,” he admitted there were plenty of tense times in an unusual and unsuccessful season for Manchester United.

And that doesn’t mean the players expected things to turn out as poorly as they did, with a seventh-place finish and no European soccer for 2014/15.

“From the first day until the last you didn’t hear any player say anything bad about the training. That shows the players have respect for the manager.

We did argue among ourselves. But we were arguing to get better. We had some hard moments in the dressing room but we never argued with the manager or his assistants

“I am not saying we have had a good season. It was a bad time and the players could have done better. But everyone lost belief in the team.”

Vidic will ply his trade at Inter Milan next season, and it’s hard to imagine his game struggling to adapt to Serie A. With just 25 games played in the Premier League this year, Vidic is one of several players whose absence may have cost Moyes just as much as anything the manager was doing tactically or motivationally.

And there’s a good chance we’ll never truly learn if this band of misfits could’ve won for any manager in a post-Sir Alex Ferguson, as whoever takes charge will likely be given a load of money to spend on plenty of new, better, younger talent.

STREAM LIVE: USMNT looks for 3 more points in Panama

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The United States looks to finish the international break in an automatic qualifier spot in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying table when it faces Panama in Panama City at 10:05 p.m. EDT Tuesday.

A lot of the faces are the same from the 6-0 demolition of Honduras in California on Friday, though John Brooks and Sebastian Lletget are out with injury.

Jermaine Jones replaces Lletget while Tim Ream moves into the fray for Brooks. Geoff Cameron played Friday’s match with a minor injury, and moves out of the XI for Graham Zusi.

LINEUP

USMNT: Howard; Villafana, Gonzalez, Ream, Zusi; Bradley, Jones, Nagbe; Pulisic, Dempsey, Altidore

Subs: Bingham, Rimando; Beasley, Besler, Camron, Zimmerman; Acosta, Arriola, Bedoya, Kljestan, McCarty, Pulisic; Wondolowski

Reyes header gives Mexico three points in T&T (video)

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Diego Reyes’ 58th minute header off a corner kick gave Mexico a lead it wouldn’t give up in a 1-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago at Hasely Crawford Stadium in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

The win gives Mexico a table-topping 10 points, seven ahead of last-place T&T.

[ MORE: Honduras 1-1 Costa Rica ]

The Soca Warriors were in fine, stingy form early, and looked to have gone ahead on the counterattack when Joevin Jones belted a left-footer into the Mexico goal.

The linesman, however, ruled that Jones was offside. He almost certainly was not, as Mexico’s supreme luck in CONCACAF play continued for at least one night.

Hector Herrera hammered a shot off the far goal post early in the second half as Mexico attempted to grab control.

T&T goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams jammed Miguel Layun’s shot over the bar moments before the breakthrough from Reyes.

Williams then saved Javier Hernandez’s 64th minute offering as Mexico looked to put three points to bed.

Joevin Jones won a free kick in the 76th minute that gave a brief moment of light to T&T’s hopes, but Jones hit the wall and Mexico cleared the ball.

Honduras holds Costa Rica 1-1

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Honduras did the United States a favor by taking a point from visiting Costa Rica in Tuesday’s CONCACAF World Cup qualifier in San Pedro Sula.

Anthony Lozano pushed a 35th minute chance past an indecisive Keylor Navas, as Los Catrachos set the stage for a hopeful three points.

[ STREAM: T&T-Mexico, Panama-USMNT ]

Vancouver Whitecaps center back Kendall Waston’s haphazard defending helped allow the goal, but he scored off a late Costa Rica corner kick to ensure Costa Rica will finish the international break in second place.

With four points, Honduras moves ahead of Trinidad and Tobago and the United States before both sides play Tuesday.

Costa Rica beat the U.S. 4-0 in 2016, while the Yanks battered Honduras 6-0 on Friday.

WATCH: Video Assistant calls back Griezmann goal

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France and Spain used the Video Assistant Referee program on Tuesday in a friendly, and the French likely rue that decision.

Antoine Griezmann had an incorrectly allowed goal reverse for offside, while Gerard Deulofeu saw an initially ruled offside goal allowed upon review in Spain’s 2-0 win over France.

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Here’s an example, as Griezmann’s barely offside goal was overturned in less than a minute (Both calls took less than a minute to decide):

At the risk of sounding like a caveman, I really don’t like these razor thin offside calls being subject to review.

When you consider the improbability of timing the moment of contact with the ball — how many times have you seen a freeze frame conveniently used to make a case? — it just seems to mess with the spirit of sport.

What do you think?