In case you haven't noticed, Manchester United under David Moyes are not very good. After losing their second Manchester derby of the season earlier this week, the Red Devils have accrued their most defeats in a Premier League season (10) and suffered the most home losses for 12 years (6).
Things are so bad that United fans are choosing to disobey Lord Ferguson's demand that they "stand by the new manager" by flying a plane over Old Trafford displaying the message "Wrong One: Moyes Out." They've even explained themselves in a press release.
Evidently, the embarrassment of the situation isn't just confined to the stands — the players are feeling it too. Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport this week that the shame is so intense that he's afraid to leave the house and face the wrath of the general public. The Guardian transcribes:
"It's embarrassing – it becomes a personal insult. I don't want to go out when the game is finished and you even stop watching TV.
"I don't want to take my kids to school. I don't want to walk on the school path and think I'm hearing things or seeing people look at me because we lost a game.
"I don't want to fill my car up with petrol or go to the shops. It gets personal with everyone looking at you and talking about the results and the form and stuff. You don't want to live like that. You want to live freely and comfortably. You don't want to see other people lifting titles. That's what we're used to. That's what we want. That's what we train for and work for."
"We've got no divine right – don't get me wrong – you've got to earn that right. And this season we simply haven't done that."
Rio is not easily embarrassed — just look at the kind of videos he posts on Instagram — so his dismay is a strong indicator of discontent within the United camp.
This isn't the first instance in which he has taken a dig at the Moyes regime on BT Sport, either. The 35-year-old criticized team selection policies back in December, coincidentally at a time when he wasn't making the team very often.
If Rio doesn't start on Saturday, perhaps he'll get away from everyone by volunteering to fly a plane...
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