David Moyes: I only banned chips at Manchester United because too many players were overweight
Ferdinand had criticised Moyes for taking away the pre-match ritual
David Moyes has confirmed that he did ban chips from the menu while he was Manchester United manager - because he thought too many of the players were "overweight".
Moyes was sacked as United manager after a woeful 10 months in charge of the Old Trafford club, succeeding the great Sir Alex Ferguson. In Rio Ferdinand's autobiography, #2Sides, the defender criticised Moyes for taking away their pre-match ritual of eating low-fat chips the evening before a game.
“Yes, I did ban chips,” Moyes, now in charge of Real Sociedad, said.
“It was because a couple of players were overweight and I didn’t think chips were good for their diet.”
Ferdinand had also accused Moyes of making United train in a "public park" in Munich last season on the day of their Champions League quarter-final second-leg defeat at the Allianz Arena.
"We went to prepare on the morning of the game as we would always do,” Moyes said. “It wasn’t in a public park."
In the interview, with Four Four Two magazine, Moyes was full of praise for the Belgium international Adnan Januzaj, who he gave his first-team chance while at United last season.
“He [Januzaj] has the ability to go past people, inside or outside,” Moyes said. “He has quality on the ball and enough arrogance to show it.
“Adnan can become a top player. There’s a composure about him, he could be a wide player or even a centre-forward. There’s a lot of Chris Waddle about him. He’s got the lot.”