Moyes tried to make United play like Everton, claims former defender

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Ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed more about David Moyes's tactics whilst in charge of the club.

David Moyes' tactics as United boss confused the players as well as the United fans, according to QPR defender Rio Ferdinand.

The Scottish manager was criticised not only for United's poor results last season, but also for the way he had the club playing. Many labelled his style of football as ancient and he was slammed for setting United up to defend rather than attack.

Rio Ferdinand explained in his autobiography #2Sides how Moyes was trying to deploy the same defensive tactics at United as he had at Everton. 

Ferdinand wrote: “Moyes’ innovations mostly led to negativity and confusion.

“Moyes set us up not to lose whereas we’d been accustomed to playing to win. This wasn’t Everton, it was Manchester United.”

The 35-year-old added that he felt Moyes was unlucky, but he just wasn't suited to a big club like United who have a philosophy of playing attractive attacking football.

“Looking back, I’d say David Moyes was unlucky. He and Manchester United were just oil and water somehow.

“His ideas weren’t bad in themselves, they just didn’t fit with the group of players and the tradition and recent history of the club.”

David Moyes only lasted 11 months as Sir Alex Ferguson's replacement before getting the sack. Legendary midfielder Ryan Giggs temporarily stepped into the role until Louis van Gaal was eventually employed by the United hierarchy.

The Dutchman overhauled the United squad this summer but after a solid preseason, United started the season in terrible fashion taking only five points from five games. Fortunately they have clawed it back by winning their last two games and currently find themselves fourth in the league table.

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