Date: 19th October 2007 at 7:51am
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Nemanja Vidic predicts a tough game at Villa Park because it’s always difficult to return from international duty, he says.

The big Serbian could have played in Armenia and Azerbaijan in four days’ time but due to the concussion he suffered against Wigan, he missed those trips but is aware that some of his teammates will find life tough after only one full training with United.

‘There have been a lot of games for the players and we always find the match after an international break is very tough,’ he told ManUtd.com.

‘It’s hard to come back to the club and adapt your game – everyone plays differently on international duty. When you return to United you have to find your feet again and it can take a few days to settle.’

‘It’s very hard when I have a home international game in Serbia, for example. I get to see my friends and family, which is nice, but that can take it out of you and it means you get less time to yourself to rest.

Come on, Vida, surely visiting your family is a moral boost? If you wouldn’t see them for a whole season, you’d be even more tired, that’s sure.

‘Then again, when I’m playing for United I feel very professional because I don’t have those distractions. I have a lot of time for myself to rest, think about the next game, prepare for the training sessions. I’m very comfortable here.’

Good to hear. But jump back to international duty. He says players have less time to rest than normally which is of course true. But I don’t think that’s the main point (OK, that’s a main point but only one of the main points).

Every football team has a rhytm, a usual tempo not just on the pitch but off it, in training, in the dressing room. These internationals always disrupt it. Easy example: Carlos Tevez finally started to settle at United and show his qualities but now he had to travel to South America and back, you can never know if he’ll be able to maintain his earlier form. All the work, all the preparations are torn apart and we can only hope that the players will be able to pick up their game where they have left it at the final whistle of the Wigan game.