Rio Ferdinand has revealed a number of reasons why David Moyes failed at Manchester United in his new autobiography – with one of his faults being the banning of chips before matches.
The 35-year-old returned to Old Trafford on Sunday for the first time since he left the club at the end of the season, but endured a day to forget as Queens Park Rangers suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat to a rebuilt United squad inspired by new singings Angel Di Maria and Daley Blind.
The match coincided with the release of Ferdinand’s new autobiography ‘#2sides’, which has made a host of revelations on the season after Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement which led to Moyes taking over.
In an extract serialised by The Sun, Ferdinand admits that the squad had become deeply unhappy with Moyes’ tenure – and in particular his ban on the players eating chips the night before a game.
"It's not something to go to the barricades over (the chips). But all the lads were p****d off,” said Ferdinand. “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*****g chips back.'”
Manchester United 4 QPR 0 player ratings
Manchester United 4 QPR 0 player ratings
1/22 David de Gea
Was found wanting in the first half after very nearly being caught out by Matty Phillips. Did well to save from Armand Traore in the second period, however. 7
Posed a considerable threat throughout the match down the right flank and broke effectively. A good outlet for United. 7
3/22 Marcos Rojo
Slotted into the Manchester United backline with ease. Looked decent with the ball at his feet and showed a willingness to get forward. 7
4/22 Tyler Blackett
Perhaps a misfit on a teamsheet of Galacticos, the young defender didn't look out of place in Louis van Gaal's side. 7
5/22 Jonny Evans
Needed to be alert to a QPR counter attack in the first half but had precious little to do. 7
6/22 Angel Di Maria
Showed the ambition and ability to really trouble a poor QPR side at Old Trafford. His goal had an element of luck about it but his quality is undeniable. A man of the match display. 9
7/22 Daley Blind
Cut a composed figure at the heart of Manchester United's midfield and showed the Red Devils supporters exactly what they've been missing of late. 8
8/22 Ander Herrera
Took his goal really well and linked Manchester United's defensive midfielders up with the more attacking players brilliantly. 8
9/22 Wayne Rooney
Seems more mature with the captain's armband on. The England man put in another decent shift and grabbed himself an impressive goal too. 7
10/22 Robin van Persie
While the Dutchman always poses a considerable threat, he looks out of sorts at the moment. 6
11/22 Bets of the bench: Radamel Falcao
Didn't have long to make his mark but showed enough drive to enthuse the Old Trafford regulars. 7
12/22 Rob Green
Any goalkeeper who concedes four goals isn't going to score too highly. Made a number of decent saves which keeps his score respectable. 5
13/22 Mauricio Isla
Was brought to the club to give QPR a threat down the flank but continues to struggle in English football. 5
14/22 Steven Caulker
While the former Cardiff City man didn't do a great deal wrong, he went missing for large periods. 5
15/22 Rio Ferdinand
Would have had dreams last night of scoring the winner against his old club but was easily overrun by the new United talent. 5
16/22 Clint Hill
Taken off at half-time, his deflection took Angel di Maria's cross into his own net. A poor afternoon. 5
17/22 Junior Hoilett
Made little impact on the game but shouldn't let it get him down. These aren't the games which count for Rangers. 5
18/22 Niko Kranjcar
Showed glimpses of class but, like many of his team-mates, he failed to make his mark. 5
Didn't look match-fit at times and subsequently delivered a lukewarm performance on his debut. 5
20/22 Leroy Fer
Returned to the Premier League with QPR after relegation with Norwich City. Did little to suggest he will avoid that fate again. 5
21/22 Charlie Austin
A dangerous player at QPR's disposal but was left isolated for large periods. 6
22/22 Matty Phillips
Was bitterly unlucky not to score in the first half after David de Gea's error but it wasn't to be. 6
The former England captain also claimed that Moyes’ decision to play video after video of the opposition and how to stop them had the United squad doubting their own abilities and believing that other teams are better them, given that the Scot wanted to teach them how to stop opponents rather than attack them.
“Before every game he made a point of showing us videos of how dangerous the other team could be,” Ferdinand added. “On the morning of a game we'd spend half an hour on the training ground, drilling to stop them.
“There was so much attention to the subject it suddenly became a worry - they must be f*****g good at this to have us spend all this time on it.”
Following the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City – where Moyes famously declared that United needed to play like their Manchester rivals – Ferdinand met with both Moyes and defensive partner Nemanja Vidic. Despite attempting to go through what went wrong at the Etihad Stadium last September, Ferdinand admits that he didn’t have a clue of what Moyes was trying to tell them.
"You heard a lot of guys complaining: 'I just don't know what he wants.'
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