Ferdinand Slams MoyesJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has hit out at former boss David Moyes in his new autobiography entitled #2sides, labelling Moyes’ time in charge ‘embarrassing’.
Ferdinand has laid bare the difficulties faced by the club during its most turbulent season in over twenty years. Moyes’ reign saw United fall out of all top European competitions and fail to match close rivals Manchester City.
The QPR defender has blamed a ‘negative vibe’ created by Moyes, with mixed messages perplexing players on the pitch and on the training ground.
In serialised excerpts published in the Sun, Ferdinand said, “He tried to impose a vision but never seemed to be completely clear what that vision should be. Unintentionally, he created a negative vibe where, with Fergie, it had always been positive.
“He’d slowly lost us. I didn’t enjoy playing under him. Sometimes our main tactic was the long, high, diagonal cross. It was embarrassing. Moyes’ innovations led to negativity and confusion. It was always how to stop the other side. He set us up not to lose. We’d been accustomed to playing to win.”
In another revelation showing Moyes’ lack of insight into his team’s preferences, Ferdinand disclosed that the Scot had banned healthy, low-fat chips from the club cafeteria on the nights ahead of matches, something which left the players severely “p***** off”. When Ryan Giggs took over as stand-in manager in April following Moyes’ sacking, the healthy take on the popular dish was immediately reinstated. It was small things like this which contributed to a petty atmosphere, filled with negative energy.
With Manchester United’s first win of the season now secured, many are already suggesting that this year’s team, under Louis van Gaal’s leadership, have a genuine shot at the title.
Van Gaal himself revealed, “I have played always attack and all my teams have scored the most of the league. So I hope at the end of this league we shall score also the most. At the end I hope to be manager of the champion of the Premier League.”
Manchester United are favourites to win when they take on Leicester next weekend with Betway pricing them at 3/5 to win.