Rio Ferdinand insists Moyes is a great man; deflects blame off Ferguson

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Rio Ferdinand has hailed former Manchester United manager David Moyes as a 'great man', and rubbishes claims Alex Ferguson left United in a mess.

It is a surprising comment from the Ferdinand, who left United for Queens Park Rangers during the summer, as he recently hit out at the Scot in his new autobiography #2Sides.

The 35-year-old slammed Moyes for his 'negative vibe' and pointed out the banning of chips before matches as a terrible move by the manager. Ferdinand also agreed with many supporters who watched United week-in-week-out that the former Everton manager's tactics were 'embarrassing' at times.

Despite this though Ferdinand insists he holds no bad feelings towards Moyes and suggests he would love to have the chance to speak to the failed United manager again.

He told CNN World Sport: "Yes, of course. I've got nothing against him as a person," Ferdinand told CNN World Sport.

"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."

The 81-times capped England international has also had his say on those who believe Sir Alex Ferguson was somehow to blame for Moyes' failings at United.

It has been suggested that Ferguson neglected to invest in United's ageing squad, but when asked if the retired Scot should shoulder any blame Ferdinand replied:

"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?"

United won the title by a clear 11-points during the legendary manager's final season with the club and the following season Moyes had almost exactly the same squad at his disposal. 

As the QPR man says it's hard to believe how some can argue that the former manager should take the blame for a squad of champions turning to chumps in the space of a season.

The only failure on Ferguson's part was picking Moyes as his successor in the first place, but even he probably did not foresee the downfall that was to come with that decision.

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