Rio Ferdinand: Moyes' Manchester United tactics 'embarrassing'

Monday September 15th, 2014

In a new autobiography, QPR defender Rio Ferdinand writes that former Manchester United manager David Moyes' tactics during his stint at Old Trafford were embarrassing, according to The Guardian.

Ferdinand, who played 12 seasons for United before joining QPR this season, said Moyes caused confusion and negativity among players with his inconsistent coaching strategies.

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"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."

Ferdinand also reportedly writes that Moyes banned players from eating chips in advance of a match, which left the team unhappy. 

Moyes was fired in April, and United finished seventh in the Premier League during his only season at Old Trafford. United, which paid $8 million to fire Moyes and his staff, said it expects to make $80 million less this season because of the team's poor performance last season.

The club replaced Moyes with Louis van Gaal and has opened the season with five points through four matches, including a 4-0 Sunday victory over Ferdinand's new club, QPR. 

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