“It’s a crazy tale that came out of nowhere”: Rio Ferdinand rejects the rumor that David Moyes made him watch videos of Phil Jagielka but admits that he had “animated meetings” with the former boss from Manchester United
- David Moyes succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in 2013
- The Scotsman lasted only 10 months before being sacked with United seventh
- It has been reported that he had Phil Jagielka’s game studied at Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand has finally ended the long-standing rumor that the former Manchester United coach made him watch videos of Phil Jagielka in an effort to improve his game.
Moyes had a short and fruitless 10 month stay at Old Trafford after becoming the man chosen to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer of 2013.
Sacked with United seventh in the Premier League, a number of strange reports quickly emerged about his coaching methods during his time at the club.
Rio Ferdinand (R) insists that David Moyes (L) never made him watch clips of Phil Jagielka
And Ferdinand has now dismissed one of the most memorable, that Moyes used to make him study clips of Everton Jagielka’s central defender.
Asked about the truthfulness of the story, Ferdinand replied to 606 Savage Social: “I don’t know where it comes from to be honest, it’s something that has never happened.
“Look, Phil Jagielka was a very good player. I’m sure he wouldn’t have shown us any videos of Phil on how we should do this and that.
There were reports that Moyes had asked Ferdinand to study Jagielka’s play in the center of the back
“But I don’t know where it came from. It’s just a crazy tale that came out of nowhere. Someone dreamed of that and it became a super meme. Although, to be fair, we had lively discussions if I am honest. There were a few lively meetings between me, Vida and David Moyes.
“We didn’t agree with certain things and certain ways of doing things. Defensive development, et cetera.
“He wanted certain things, we didn’t really agree with certain things he said. But it’s football and I think David Moyes will probably have had this with many different players already, so we weren’t the first and I’m sure we won’t be the last.