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Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic knows a thing or two about defending in the Premier League, and so when he speaks centre-backs should probably listen.
Although Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi probably won’t want to right now.
Because Vidic – in his role as a guest pundit for Sky Sports on Sunday – absolutely savaged the German defender for is role in Newcastle’s first goal in their 2-1 victory over the Gunners at St James’s Park.
Arsenal had taken the lead on Tyneside when Alexandre Lacazette fired them ahead following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cross, but they crumbled and ended up losing to goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie.
And Vidic slammed Mustafi’s role in the first goal, when he initially lost his runner Dwight Gayle from Jonjo Shelvey’s pass, and then failed to react to Perez nipping in ahead of him to convert DeAndre Yedlin’s cross.
The former Premier League and Champions League winner even suggested Mustafi could learn a thing or two from Calum Chambers.
“Great movement (from Gayle) and a great ball by Shelvey,” said Vidic, “but look at these two players – Mustafi and Chambers – and their different approaches to the situation.
“If you’re a defender you cannot allow yourself to do that.
“You have to be on your toes and you have to be sideways. In that case, you can run in all directions and you can see what is coming.
“You have to twist your body, look lively. In this situation, you just have to react.
“He’s just looking at the ball, he doesn’t know what’s going on around him.”