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Ferdinand unsure over Moyes' late selections
Ferdinand unsure over Moyes' late selections

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Ferdinand unsure over Moyes' late selections
Rio Ferdinand says David Moyes' tradition of revealing his Manchester United team selection close to kickoff is turning him into a "madman".

The defender, who has made seven Premier League appearances this season, believes naming the matchday squad sooner would benefit a player's ability to physically and mentally prepare for a game.

"This manager's a bit different in that he doesn't name the team beforehand. You don't really get to know the team," Ferdinand told BT Sport. "The old manager used to give you a little bit of an idea if you'd be playing and stuff.

"When you know you're playing, the intensity goes up a little bit more on match day. That's what you need to try to make sure you're doing, even if you don't know you'll be playing – to try to get to that intensity you'd be at when you know you're playing.

"It's hard. It's hard to do that mentally because you spend a lot of nervous energy thinking am I playing or am I not playing? And you're just going round in circles in your head and turning into a madman."

Moyes, though, is keen to stick to his guns and continue the tradition he experienced during his professional career.

"It would be the same for every player if that was the case because I would think that a lot of the teams do that," Moyes said. "But that happened to me and I never felt that way.

"We do it in different ways. Sometimes we name it, sometimes we name it late on. I think sometimes a lot of managers leave it so the press don't get the teams too early."

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