Ferdinand says Moyes is driving United’s players ‘mad’ with tendency to delay team news.
Manchester United centre half Rio Ferdinand has openly criticised David Moyes’ tendency to name team line-ups at the last minute.
Red Devils boss Moyes is under pressure to beat Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday, with United currently eighth in the table, 12 points adrift of league leaders Arsenal.
And stalwart Ferdinand, 35, says Moyes’ refusal to name the team in advance is damaging United and turning the players into madmen.
“This manager’s a bit different in that he doesn’t name the team beforehand,” the former England captain told BT Sport.
“You don’t really get to know the team. The old manager used to give you a kind of a little bit of an idea if you’d be playing and stuff.
“When you know you’re playing the intensity goes up a little bit more on matchday and that’s what you need to try and make sure you’re doing even if you don’t know you’ll be playing to try and get to that intensity you’d be at when you know you’re playing.
“It’s hard… it’s hard to do that mentally because you spend a lot of nervous energy thinking “Am I playing?” or “Am I not playing?” and you’re just going round in circles in your head and turning into a madman.”
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