Man United’s David Moyes turns me into madman, reveals Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand feels like he turns into a madman on match days amid uncertainty over his place
Rio Ferdinand has claimed that he turns into a madman on match day due to Manchester United manager David Moyes.
The 50-year-old Scot replaced Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford hot seat after the Red Devils legend decided to call time on a decorated 26-year reign at the club in May.
You spend a lot of nervous energy thinking: ‘Am I playing’ or ‘Am I not playing?’ and you’re just going round in circles in your head and turning into a madman
Ferguson’s heir has endured a tough start to the season and United are currently in ninth place after a 1-0 loss to Everton at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
And Ferdinand revealed that match preparation is different under Moyes as the former Toffees boss doesn’t name his side until two hours before kick-off.
“This manager’s a bit different in that he doesn’t name the team beforehand,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“You don’t really get to know the team. The old manager used to give you a little bit of an idea if you’d be playing and stuff.
“When you know you’re playing, the intensity goes up a little bit more on match day. That’s what you need to try to make sure you’re doing, even if you don’t know you’ll be playing – to try to get to that intensity you’d be at when you know you’re playing.
“It’s hard. It’s hard to do that mentally because you spend a lot of nervous energy thinking: ‘Am I playing’ or ‘Am I not playing?’ and you’re just going round in circles in your head and turning into a madman.”