Manchester United latest: Rio says Moyes driving him mad

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Following Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Everton this week at Old Trafford, David Moyes has denied he referred to the Toffees fans as ‘disgraceful’ during the game. According to The Telegraph:

“An Everton follower who met Moyes in the Lowry Hotel in Manchester ­following the match tweeted remarks by the United manager in which he allegedly called the hostility shown to him by the travelling supporters “a f------ disgrace”.”

However the club issued a statement via a spokeswoman admitting Moyes met with the fan in question but denying that he many any such comment.

Meanwhile, United veteran Rio Ferdinand criticized David Moyes for his ‘late team selection’ policy, revealing it’s driving him ‘mad’.

"The old manager used to give you a little bit of an idea if you were playing. When you know you're playing the intensity goes up a little bit I'd say. That's what you've got to try and do even if you're not sure if you're playing, get to that intensity,” explained Ferdinand.

"It's hard to do mentally. You spend a lot of nervous energy thinking 'am I playing, am I not playing’. Keep just going round in circles in your head, enough to turn you into a mad man."

Rio Ferdinand will join the BBC for their coverage of the World Cup in Brazil next summer alongside Gary Lineker et al as a pundit.

Manchester United take on Newcastle this Saturday at Old Trafford.

In team news, Wayne Rooney is suspended for the clash with the Magpies, whilst Michael Carrick is still out with an Achilles injury and Robin van Persie is still not certain to feature following his groin injury.

Midfielder Shinji Kagawa is also a ‘doubt’ for the weekend’s game with a ‘sickness bug’.

However, the predicted line up is:

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In transfer news, United target Ander Herrera is ‘flattered’ but insists he is happy at Athletic Bilbao.

He told Canal plus Spain: “I appreciate both Manchester United’s interest in me and the fact that I am considered so important to Athletic that they did not accept any bid for me.”

"That means that Athletic values me above money and trust in me more than money for our current project. I’m right where I want to be. I’m not a player who wants to change teams, I’ve taken root at Athletic and it is the perfect place for me to be.”

In other news, United youngster Wilfried Zaha has set the record straight over speculation he has been left out of the team by David Moyes in retaliation for supposedly having sex with Moyes’ daughter which he insisted is not true via his Twitter account.

"I've never dated or even met David moye's (sic) Daughter so that isn't the reason for my absence in games," he wrote.

"I would like to stop all these false accusations .. I will play for Manchester United when my manager feels I'm ready ..."

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