Rio Ferdinand Lashes Out At ‘Embarrassing And Amateurish’ Tactics Used By David Moyes At Man Utd

Chris Wright

15th, September 2014


By Chris Wright

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In case you weren’t aware, Rio Ferdinand has a book coming out (of course it has a bloody hashtag in the title) which is being serialised in The Sun at the moment, with a couple of the more inflammatory passages making their way onto the back pages of the newspapers.

Yesterday’s excerpt saw Ferdinand call John Terry a “big idiot” and reveal that he still hasn’t talked to him or Ashley Cole since the Chelsea pair became embroiled in the Anton Ferdinand racism scandal in October 2011.

Today, David Moyes is in the firing line, with Ferdinand calling into question the “embarrassing” and “amateurish” tactics employed by Moyes during his ill-fated stint as Manchester United manager.

“Moyes’s innovations mostly led to negativity and confusion. The biggest confusion was over how he wanted us to move the ball forward.

“Often he told us to play it long. Some players felt they kicked the ball long more than at any time in their career.

“Sometimes our main tactic was the long, high, diagonal cross. It was embarrassing.

“In one home game against Fulham we had 81 crosses! I was thinking, why are we doing this? Andy Carroll doesn’t play for us!

“The whole approach was alien. Other times Moyes wanted lots of passing.

“He’d say: ‘Today I want us to have 600 passes in the game. Last week it was only 400’.

“Who cares? I’d rather score five goals from 10 passes.”

As well as grumbling that Moyes banned United players from partaking in their long-standing ritual of eating “low-fat chips” the night before a game (eh?), Ferdinand also that Moyes brought a “small club mentality” with him to Old Trafford – with the former Everton boss even taking the United players down to the local park to practice their set-pieces before a Champions League game against Bayern Munich.

“It was bizarre. It was amateurish – I mean, why not just send Bayern an email or a DVD?”

While United were mucking about at the park, Moyes openly informed Ferdinand he wouldn’t be playing against Bayern as he needed more pace in the defence.

This upset our poor, delicate Rio too:

“It killed me. Inside I wanted to scream and grab him. I’m a team player, so I just had to bite my tongue and stand there.

“But it was probably the worst single moment I ever had at United.

“I’d never been dropped for a big game like that – and to drop that on me in front of everybody.”

So you ALLEGEDLY undermined him at every turn, ALLEGEDLY spread dissension and insubordination through the squad like a virus, ALLEGEDLY regularly leaked anti-Moyes morsels to journalist cronies whenever you weren’t picked to play and ALLEGEDLY generally half-arsed it until the club had no choice but to sack him.

The model professional.

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  1. Chris says:

    I like your last sentence Chris…and he got exactly what he deserved.

  2. Mik says:

    Lol you just took these out of context, the part where Rio says he was dropped for the Bayern game went like this,
    he doesnt mind getting dropped but the manner he was dropped in, infront of the whole squad.
    Also never once does he mention Moyes bringing in a ‘small club mentality’ he just questions the fact that they are the champions, the best in England so why are they watching hours of 20th pos team Fulham videos.
    Rio wasnt the only senior personnel annoyed by Moyes. Vidic and Evra were to, so was Scholes even Sir Bobby to a certain extent.

  3. Tyler says:

    Meanwhile, Rio, what’s your excuse for being embarrassing and amateurish over the past few years?
    Moyes was a scapegoat, Man U clearly has problems, losing 2 and drawing 2 at the beginning of this season, barely able to score a goal until all of the sudden, against Rio, they can.
    Funny how Rio only ever still talks about Man U. I sure wouldn’t have played him against Man U if I’d have been Redknapp, clearly his head isn’t at QPR.

  4. Bear says:

    “Embarrassing” is naming a pop-culture magazine after your team number.

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