Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Moyes' Name Game Turns You Mad - Rio

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Moyes' Name Game Turns You Mad - Rio

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RIO Ferdinand has admitted that United's preparations are not helped by David Moyes' preference for leaving it late to name his team.

The defender believes it makes it more difficult to get ready for matches and claims the uncertainty "turns you into a mad man".

Ferdinand said: "This manager is a bit different in that he doesn't name the team beforehand, you don't get to know the team.

"The old manager used to give you a little bit of an idea if you were playing.

"When you know you're playing the intensity goes up a little bit.

"That's what you've got to try and do even if you're not sure if you're playing.

"It's hard to do mentally. You spend a lot of nervous energy thinking 'am I playing, am I not playing'.

"Keep just going round in circles in your head, enough to turn you into a mad man."

Meanwhile, Ferdinand's long-term defensive partner Nemanja Vidic has called on his team-mates to stick together so they can emerge from their present problems.

The Serb insists a united front is the only way United will come through their present strife. …

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