David Moyes banned chips because of Alex Buttner

Too many chips for Buttner. (©GettyImages)

David Moyes caused much friction with his decision to ban the eating of chips in the Manchester United ranks, and the catalyst for this measure has been revealed, with Alexander Buttner the player to blame.

Rio Ferdinand had been the first to make public details of this change to the diet of the Manchester United players and, as explained in his autobiography, it was one of a number of decisions from Moyes that riled his squad.

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Controversial ban

But this was not a pre-ordained move from Moyes, who had been appointed as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson, rather one, as reported by Jason Burt in The Telegraph, that came as result of a specific incident.

Prior to Manchester United’s first home game last season, against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, Moyes and his team, as is traditional, had stayed at the Lowry Hotel the night before the Old Trafford curtain-raiser.

Buttner to blame

As the players dined, Moyes walked past a table and noticed that one of his charges in particular appeared to be overweight, something the Manchester United manager realised would not be helped by the huge plate of chips he had requested to go alongside his main meal.

Alexander Buttner, a signing of the Ferguson era, was the man in question and the left-back made only 14 appearances under Moyes before the former Everton manager was relieved of his Manchester United duties.

Buttner was eventually sold by Manchester United in the summer, with Dynamo Moscow recruiting the 25-year-old after he had played only 13 times in the Premier League during two seasons at Old Trafford.

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