“We lost two goals from set-pieces and one deflection,” Vidic said. “Apart from that, they didn't create too many chances. They didn't have many shots on target but scored three times.
“It’s disappointing. I don't think we were clinical enough in their box and we didn’t defend well enough in ours. We didn't give them many chances but everything they had they took. They punished us.”
Following United’s bright start, the game changed on 17 minutes when Michael Carrick charged out to block an effort from Eto’o and the ball looped up off the midfielder’s boot and over David De Gea in the Reds goal. On another day it would have cannoned back towards the halfway line or dribbled harmlessly wide for a corner.
“I feel like it’s the story of our season,” Vidic shrugged. “It’s just small things. Small details this season are making big differences and changing games.
“We just have to stay positive and keep fighting to be in amongst the top teams at the end of the season. Hopefully, with a bit of luck, we’ll have better days. [On Sunday] we were good for long periods, but it was one of those days that turned out badly for us.”