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Rio Ferdinand admits David Moyes’ tactics v Chelsea and Liverpool surprised Man Utd players

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Five years have passed since Sir Alex Ferguson left Manchester United and it’s safe to say that the club still hasn’t seen brighter days.

Last season’s second-placed finish under Jose Mourinho was their best attempt at winning the Premier League title - their previous four attempts saw the Red Devils finish seventh, fourth, fifth and sixth.

It’s been a struggle. Man United have not only had to deal with a difficult transition after Ferguson’s 27-year reign, but Manchester City and Chelsea’s impressive form.

City and Chelsea have both won two Premier League titles since Ferguson retired. The manner in which Pep Guardiola’s side cruised to the title last season suggests it will be difficult to supplant them at the top.

But at least the situation at Old Trafford is better now than it was when David Moyes was in charge.

Moyes was Ferguson’s successor and he struggled with the size of the task. The Scot was sacked in April 2014, just 10 months after accepting the job, with the club seventh in the table.

Much has been spoken about Moyes’ failed reign and now Rio Ferdinand has opened up with a fascinating insight into the situation.

Ferdinand explains Moyes' failure

Appearing on BT Sport’s Premier League Tonight, the former centre-back admits Moyes tried to apply the wrong mindset at Man United.

“I hope I’m not speaking out of line here towards David Moyes but our mindset [under Ferguson], we never worried about the opposition,” Ferdinand said.

“We never set ourselves up and said, ‘oh we need to make sure we contain this and contain that.’

“We’re going to try and win this game based on what we’re good at.

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“I remember the first couple of games, we played against Liverpool and Chelsea, and we were talking more about Hazard and Coutinho than we were about our own attacking tactics. So there’s doubt.

“Players then look at each other. ‘This ain’t us. We’re not used to this.’

“And you can see, even the younger players looking around going ‘woah. We’re better than them. We won the league last year. We believe we can beat these.’

“That mindset came from being an Everton manager. David Moyes played in the big games, first not to get beat and see what I can get out of the game, whereas we was always on the front foot.”

So it seems that Moyes simply couldn’t make the adjustment from being plucky underdogs to favourites. And that cost him the job of a lifetime.

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Rio Ferdinand
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David Moyes
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Eden Hazard
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Liverpool
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