David Moyes’s reign at Manchester United last season was nothing less than a disaster.
Both while Moyes was in charge of United and after he was dismissed, there were suggestions that he had ‘lost the dressing room’ – his tactics did not go down well with the players, some senior members of the squad did not like his mentality, and he was simply not suited to managing the Manchester outfit despite his good work at Everton.
And now all of those rumours seem to have been validated by Rio Ferdinand, who left United at the end of last season after 12 years at Old Trafford.
In his book, which is being serialised by The Sun, the 35-year-old centre-back did not mince his words while expressing what he thought of Moyes and his management style.
‘Moyes’s innovations mostly led to negativity and confusion’, wrote the Queens Park Rangers star, according to The Telegraph. ‘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 match that Ferdinand is alluding to will be remembered for a long time, but for the wrong reasons. It was played at Old Trafford on February 9, 2014 and saw United create a record of making the most number of crosses (81) by a Premier League team since 2006.
While drilling crosses is not exactly a bad idea in certain situations, it was pretty much the only tactic that Moyes had for that match and showed how one-dimensional his strategies were - at least for that particular game.
Perhaps if United had won that match, then all would have been forgiven and forgotten, but it ended in a 2-2 draw, Darren Bent scoring an injury-time equaliser for Fulham.