Moyes was amateurish, tactics embarrassing, says Rio Ferdinand

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand has labeled the tactics of David Moyes during his tenure at the club as "embarrassing".

Moyes was amateurish, tactics embarrassing, says Rio Ferdinand

New Delhi: Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand has labeled the tactics of David Moyes during his tenure at the club as "embarrassing".

The former England international has criticized Moyes in his autobiography #2Sides.

The 35-year-old said United players became confused about how the Scot wanted them to play.

Extracts from Ferdinand's latest book, which appeared in The Sun, read: “Moyes' 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.”

Ferdinand also revealed he was upset at being left out of the team for the crucial second leg against Bayern Munich. As per the QPR defender, Moyes informed him of his exclusion from the match in front of all team members.

"It killed me," Ferdinand said. "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."

Moyes was sacked after just ten months as United manager. Under his management, the club finished 7th in the league and missed out on European football. Ferdinand left Old Trafford in the summer to join newly promoted side Queen's Park Rangers.

On Sunday, Ferdinand returned to Manchester to face his former side. United won the match 4-0 with goals from Rooney, Di Maria, Mata and Herrera.

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