Rio Ferdinand claims the Manchester United players, himself included, should take responsibility for the club’s failures of last season, with maligned former manager David Moyes not the the sole source of the problems they endured.
Manchester United won the Premier League title at a canter during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign at Old Trafford but, under Moyes, limped so badly that he was out of the job after only 10 months.
Much has been made of Moyes’ failure to win over his players, or win matches, with his methods upsetting the long established status quo at Manchester United. Ferdinand has been a particularly outspoken critic since his departure in the summer, but says it is not only Moyes who should be blamed.
“It wasn’t just David Moyes’ problem and fault, it was all of us as a collective, we as players take responsibility, as individuals as well,” Ferdinand said at the launch of his autobiography #2sides.
“From my perspective there were things I thought that could have been done differently by the manager.
“I think every person you speak to in that squad would have something to say from their own perspective on matters so I’m no different, it’s just I’ve aired my views before anyone else.”
Ferdinand’s relationship with Moyes reached its nadir after the centre-back was informed he was to be left out of the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Bayern Munich. The player says this moment represented ‘rock bottom’ for him and that he felt compelled to ‘scream at and grab’ Moyes.
Manchester United departure
The manager left soon after this, of course, as did Ferdinand, who was particularly upset by his omission against Bayern as he knew this could represent a final chance to play a match of such magnitude with his own future uncertain.
Ferdinand had his fears confirmed following Manchester United’s final game of the season against Southampton, with Ed Woodward entering the dressing room to inform the 35-year-old of the club’s decision.
The manner in which the news was broken angered and upset Ferdinand, who had given 12 years of service to the club, and he has since revealed that Woodward later made contact to offer an apology for his conduct.