David Moyes confirms Manchester United chip ban due to 'overweight' players

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Former Manchester United boss David Moyes has confirmed that he did stop players from eating chips whilst he was in charge at Old Trafford, because more than one of them was overweight.

During an interview with FourFourTwo, relayed by Sport Witness, Moyes responded to a claim made in ex-United star Rio Ferdinand’s autobiography that stated that the now-Real Sociedad manager fell further out of favour after banning chips the night before games.

Current theme

With Gary Neville having declared earlier this week that former Red Devils midfielder Anderson - who completed a move to Internacional - was always lacking fitness, it’s an on-trend theme, and Moyes has now had his side of the story unveiled.

Clarifying a topic that has become one of the more famous negative points regarding his time at the United helm, the 51-year-old not only revealed that what Ferdinand said was true, but also explained the reasoning behind his decision.

Moyes' decisions

"Yes I did ban chips because a couple of players were overweight and I didn’t think chips were good for their diet,” said Moyes.

"Yes I did ban chips because a couple of players were overweight and I didn’t think chips were good for their diet"

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Of course in hindsight it’s easy to suggest that Moyes might as well have allowed his players to stick to their much-loved dietary treats. With the Scot in charge United endured a woeful downward spiral, and even though he was given his marching orders before the end of the campaign they still finished in seventh place.

Such pitiful fortunes have left Moyes with the reputation of being perhaps the worst United manager of all time, though in truth he’s not helped by the glittering career Sir Alex Ferguson enjoyed as his predecessor. Now in Spain, ‘The Chosen One’ is rebuilding his career at the Real Sociedad helm, having already engineered a surprise win over Barcelona earlier on this season.

Post-Moyes United

In contrast United have yet to recover from last term’s debacle, with Louis van Gaal’s summer spending spree not exactly producing title-winning form. The arrivals of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria have yet to flourish as expected; the former having bagged just four goals in 16 appearances across all competitions, and Di Maria struggling to impact similarly to how he did when he first arrived.

Luke Shaw is another who has yet to show just why United paid the money they did for him, with ironic question marks having hung over his fitness.

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