Rio blasts Moyes' United approach
Rio Ferdinand has slammed David Moyes' approach to football during his troubled spell as Manchester United manager.
The Scot was handpicked by Sir Alex Ferguson as his successor at Old Trafford.
But he was sacked in April following a string of dismal performances that saw the English giants finish the season in seventh place.
Ferdinand, who spent 12 years at United and now plays for Queens Park Rangers, has now provided some insight into the Red Devils' turmoil under Moyes in his autobiography #2Sides, which has been serialised in The Sun.
The defender said that the former Everton boss' "mentality of a smaller club" sowed seeds of fear among the playing staff at the 20-time champions of England.
Negativity and confusion
The 35-year-old wrote: "Moyes' innovations mostly led to negativity and confusion.
"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!
"Moyes set us up not to lose whereas we'd been accustomed to playing to win. This wasn't Everton, it was Manchester United.
"You heard a lot of guys complaining: 'I just don’t know what he wants'. He had me doubting everything."
The former England international also took issue with an "amateurish" decision to make the team train at a public park prior to the Red Devils' key Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.
He also slammed Moyes' decree to ban the players' tradition of eating chips on the eve of matches.
It was reinstated once Ryan Giggs replaced Moyes as interim manager.
Ferdinand wrote: "Moyes has been gone about 20 minutes, we’re on the bikes warming up for the first training session and one of the lads says: 'You know what? We've got to get on to Giggsy. We've got to get him to get us our chips back.'"
Source: The Sun via Reuters and AFP