Ferdinand reveals Moyes banned eating chips and took an amateurish approach to the job
Rio Ferdinand and his QPR team were humbled by a new-look Manchester United side on Sunday, with the reign of David Moyes fast being consigned to the dustbin of history.
Moyes was in charge of the Red Devils for less than a year, with the Scot struggling at Old Trafford after arriving from Everton and it is clear that the Manchester United squad quickly became disillusioned with someone who had previously done well with the Toffees.
Ferdinand’s autobiography is being serialized in The Sun and the central defender pulls no punches when revealing some of his bugbears under Moyes including the banning of chips and the decision to train at a public park ahead of a crunch Champions League match against Bayern.
He said: “It’s not something to go to the barricades over (the chips). But all the lads were p***** off. And guess what happened after Moyes left and Ryan Giggs took over?
“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 f****** chips back.”‘
The former England defender, who has 81 caps, was infuriated by Moyes’ decision to let him know he was not playing in front of the rest of the squad, while they trained in a “public park” – something Ferdinand labelled “amateurish”.
“Before every game he made a point of showing us videos of how dangerous the other team could be. On the morning of a game we’d spend half an hour on the training ground, drilling to stop them,” he said.
“There was so much attention to the subject it suddenly became a worry – they must be f****** good at this to have us spend all this time on it.”