Rio Ferdinand has insisted he has no personal issues with David Moyes and says he would be glad of an opportunity to speak to his former Manchester United manager after appearing to criticise him in his autobiography.
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Ferdinand’s assessment of Moyes in his book, which is released on Thursday, was not exactly a glowing one, with the former Manchester United centre-back claiming the Scot’s tactics were, at times, embarrassing.
The 35-year-old was also critical of the way in which Moyes informed him he would not be used when Manchester United played Bayern Munich in the Champions League, claiming he wanted to ‘scream and grab’ the manager.
Then there was the ban on chips Moyes imposed following his arrival at Old Trafford - something that led to near mutiny among the Manchester United players. Ferdinand, however, claims to have no issue with Moyes as a person, and would welcome the chance for clear the air talks.
“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.”
Manchester United departure
Ferdinand left Manchester United this summer after 12 seasons with the club, with the hierarchy deciding against offering a contract renewal despite the player having initially been given an indication he would stay.
Ryan Giggs, who was in interim charge at the time, had informed Ferdinand that he would be part of his plans if he was made manager on a permeant basis but, alas, the decision was taken out of the hands of the Welshman.
Ferdinand was eventually informed that he would be let go immediately after the final game of last season, with Ed Woodward entering the Manchester United dressing room to break the news to the veteran defender.
It is something Ferdinand also details in his book, and it left a rather bitter taste in the mouth. The former England international has since confirmed that the club have conceded they ought to have dealt with the situation better.