Vidic: United are out of title race

first_img United lie 14 points behind leaders Arsenal following the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. United captain Vidic, who was sent off late in the game for a challenge on Eden Hazard, thinks his side should concentrate on qualifying for the Champions League by finishing in the top four. Nemanja Vidic believes Manchester united are too far behind in the table to seriously contemplate defending their Barclays Premier League title. “Hopefully we can play better football and with a bit of luck I think we can achieve that.” Vidic felt his dismissal by referee Phil Dowd was harsh. “I think it was a bit harsh because I went for the ball,” he said. “Hazard is a sharp player, he just pushed the ball.” Samuel Eto’o scored a hat-trick before Javier Hernandez netted a consolation for David Moyes’ side. Unlike his manager, who refused to concede the title race was over, Vidic thinks United should set new goals. Asked if United were too far behind leaders Arsenal to challenge for the title, Vidic told Sky Sports: “Yes, I think so now we are too far behind. “We have to focus now to get in the top three, top four. We have to be positive.” With United also lying six points off the top four Vidic admitted even qualifying for the Champions League would not be straightforward. He said: “It’s not going to be easy but we have to now fight for different things. “We have to focus on the (Capital One) Cup and the Champions League. “It’s never easy but we have to stay positive, we have to stick together, we have to work hard to change the things around. Press Associationlast_img read more

Main Street Memorial Mile draws 135 runners

first_imgELLSWORTH — One hundred thirty-five people competed Monday in this year’s running of the Main Street Memorial Mile in downtown Ellsworth.First place in this year’s race went to Mount Desert Island High School junior Stephen Grierson, who crossed the finish line in 4 minutes, 37 seconds. Ellsworth High School sophomore Nick Cormier finished just three seconds behind Grierson to take home runner-up honors.Charlie Collins of Winterport, Evan Merchant of Beals and Jeremy Foskett of Ellsworth rounded out the top five. Stephen Grierson’s brother, Stanley, took sixth with a time of 5:14.On the women’s side, Katherine Collins of Winterport was the top finisher with a time of 5:25 and overall place of 13th. Southwest Harbor’s Katelyn Osborne was the No. 2 female finisher, placing 22nd overall with a time of 5:43.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThis year marked the 12th running of the Memorial Mile, which precedes the annual Memorial Day parade. The course record is 3 minutes, 53 seconds, which was set by Louie Luchini in the 2011 race.last_img read more