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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Ferdinand: I'd welcome chance of chat with Moyes

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has said he would welcome the chance to speak to ex-manager David Moyes.

Ferdinand has been critical of Moyes' methods at Old Trafford in his imminent autobiography.

The 35-year-old, who is now at QPR, said Moyes' approach last season unintentionally created a "negative vibe" and some of United's play under the Scot was "embarrassing".

Moyes succeeded Alex Ferguson in the United hotseat in the summer of 2013 but lasted just eight months in the post.

Ferdinand has not spoken to Moyes since but asked if he would like to, the former England centre-back said: "Yes, of course. I've got nothing against him as a person.

"As I said, I'm saying that he's a gentleman, a great man. I've never had any bad words to say about him at all in that respect as a person."

United won the Premier League in Ferguson's final season in charge but then slumped to seventh last term and failed to qualify for the Champions League.

New manager Louis van Gaal has since overseen a £150million facelift in the hope of pushing United back up the league.

But even though such a spending spree has been deemed necessary, Ferdinand resents suggestions that Ferguson allowed the squad to grow stale.

He said: "I don't understand how people can say (that). You've got some great players throughout the squad. You win the league by 11 points. You've got to be a top team to do that.

"So he goes and then it all falls apart? So that's his fault? How can people say that? I don't think the buck stops with Sir Alex Ferguson at all. I think you leave and you win a trophy. There's not many better ways to go out than that."

Ferdinand left United when his contract expired and he was released at the end of last season.

Asked if he was frustrated about how it ended, he said: "Yes. But you can't keep looking back and thinking like that.

"I think, yes, I've had thoughts like that but at the same time it's been really nice to see a lot of the young lads getting their opportunities."

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