United defender Nemanja Vidic sat down in Cape Town to pen his thoughts for ManUtd.com
It’s been a very tiring couple of days, but the welcome we received at Cape Town airport was fantastic.
Everywhere we go there are people who are happy to see us and we’re just as pleased to see them. On Friday morning the players were all tired after a long flight, but seeing everyone there to greet us was unbelievable.
I thought to myself: ‘Wow, we’ve flown 11 hours away from our homes in Manchester but there are people here who recognise us and came to the airport to see us.’ It’s my first time in South Africa and I’m very glad to be here. I’d heard a lot about the country from some of the lads, but to see it with my own eyes is really special.
We had a training session on Friday afternoon, which was good… well, as good as you can hope after such a long day! It feels like we’ve been travelling forever. But it was good to get out on the pitch and run through a few exercises. We did what we needed to do ahead of our first game against Kaizer Chiefs.
I’d like to win all three matches in South Africa but, personally, the results aren't all that important – the most important thing is fitness and getting ourselves sharp before the season. Most of us haven’t played football for six weeks and when you’re out for that long it’s natural that you lose some rhythm.
If I’m honest, I didn’t feel good after the Aberdeen game. It was difficult and everyone felt a little heavy-legged after a hard week of training. But this is the time to be working hard, to work on our fitness and sharpness. I can tell you we’re all improving, every single day.