Rio would like to clear the air with Moyes

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has said he would welcome the chance to speak to ex-manager David Moyes.

Ferdinand has been critical of Moyes’ methods at Old Trafford in his imminent autobiography.

The 35-year-old, who is now at QPR, said Moyes’ approach last season unintentionally created a “negative vibe” and some of United’s play under the Scot was “embarrassing”.

Moyes succeeded Alex Ferguson in the United hotseat in the summer of 2013 but lasted just eight months in the post.

Ferdinand has not spoken to Moyes since but asked if he would like to, the former England centre-back replied: “Yes, of course. I’ve got nothing against him as a person.

“As I said, I’m saying that he’s a gentleman, a great man. As I said, I’ve never had any bad words to say about him at all in that respect as a person.”

United won the Premier League in Ferguson’s final season in charge but then slumped to seventh last term and failed to qualify for the Champions League.

New manager Louis van Gaal has since overseen a major facelift in the hope of pushing United back up the league.

But even though such a spending spree has been deemed necessary, Ferdinand resents suggestions Ferguson allowed the squad to grow stale.

He said: “I don’t understand how people can say (that). You’ve got some great players throughout the squad. You win the league by 11 points. You’ve got to be a top team to do that.

“So he goes and then it all falls apart? So that’s his fault? How can people say that?

“I don’t think the buck stops with Sir Alex Ferguson at all. I think you leave and you win a trophy. There’s not many better ways to go out than that.”


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