Inter Milan legend Dejan Stankovic has criticised Manchester United’s defensive tactics under a succession of managers, pointing out that they left former captain Nemanja Vidic horribly exposed, as reported by ESPN.com.
Vidic was considered a fantastic defender during his time in the Premier League, but was never renowned for his pace. Certain strikers repeatedly exploited this fault in his game, making it incredibly easy for them to take advantage of him.
The likes of Fernando Torres seemed to have something of a hex on him, but they simply did their best to turn the defender, something he found difficult to deal with.
The Serbian international left Old Trafford at the end of last season, having struggled under David Moyes, and his compatriot Stankovic has now suggested that both Moyes and Alex Ferguson could have done more to deal with the issue.
He told Vidic, upon signing for Inter: “Nema, in Italy there’s great attention to detail on organisation and tactics.
“You’ve had to face great strikers in one-v-ones with a motorway behind you for years; here you can play with a cigarette in your mouth.”
Inter return to European football this season in the Europa League, having missed out on the competition last season. They look likely to sign Cardiff midfielder Gary Medel.
Leeds United, hit by the departure of captain Ross McCormack to Fulham, have confirmed the signing of two heavily linked Italian stars.
Massimo Cellino has clarified to Phil Hay, of the Yorkshire Evening Post, that Leeds have signed Italian duo Marco Silvestri and Tommaso Bianchi.
Silvestri is a highly rated goalkeeper, who has played for the Italian Under 21 side in the past. He spent the latter part of last season on loan at Cagliari.
Bianchi is a midfielder, who comes highly recommended for his technical and creative abilities.
Silvestri has signed a four year deal with the Elland Road club, while Bianchi joins for three seasons.
Leeds are currently undergoing a training camp in Italy, and face two pre season friendlies against European opposition over the next week. This will be the first opportunity to see new head coach Dave Hockaday manage Leeds.
Fulham confirmed the signing of McCormack for a reported £11 million earlier today, with Leeds fans on social media questioning the future of the funds and whether they’ll be invested in the team.
Often rumoured Leeds United target Marco Silvestri has been pictured in the club’s official training gear at the Italian training camp that the first team squad are currently undertaking.
The former Italian Under-21 international was spotted by Leeds United Italia, who have spent the last few days at training, and have also seen rumoured future sporting director Nicolas Salerno at the camp.
Leeds face two games in Italy in the coming week, with the ties the first opportunity to see how new coach Dave Hockaday uses his squad.
The departure of club captain Ross McCormack was confirmed today, and was met by a relative outpouring of sadness on social media. He signed for Fulham for a reported £11 million transfer fee, the second highest fee for a Scottish player in history and the largest fee Leeds have received since Rio Ferdinand’s transfer to Manchester United in 2002.
Leeds now have a relatively threadbare squad, with little in the way of obvious stars. The club have been repeatedly linked to a series of Italian players in the press. Aside from Silvestri, Tommaso Bianchi has also been discussed as a likely target for the Elland Road club.