English Premiership

Ferdinand rubishes rumours of Jagielka training videos

Rio Ferdinand (Getty Images)
Rio Ferdinand (Getty Images)

Rio Ferdinand has rubbished claims former Manchester United manager David Moyes forced him to watch footage of Phil Jagielka as part of his training regime at the club.

There have been rumours that Moyes made Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic watch tapes of Sheffield United defender Jagielka in order to improve their defending.

Man Utd have struggled to hit the heights of Sir Alex Ferguson's reign since he left in 2013, with Moyes the first manager to attempt to carry on the Scot's legacy.

Moyes lasted less than a year at the helm after being appointed on a six-year deal, with the club finishing seventh - their lowest-ever Premier League finish.

"I don't know where that came from, to be honest, that's something that never happened," Ferdinand told Savage Social.

"Listen, Phil Jagielka was a very good player. I'm sure he wouldn't have shown us videos of Phil of how we should be doing this and that, but I don't know where that came from. That's just some mad tale that's come out of nowhere.

"Someone has dreamed that up and it's become a great meme."

Having said that, Ferdinand did admit that he and Vidic didn't always see eye-to-eye with Moyes, the former centre-back added: "To be fair, we did have some heated discussions if I'm being honest. There were a few heated meetings between myself, Vida and David Moyes.

"We didn't agree with certain things and the certain ways things were being done. Set-ups from a defensive perspective.

"He wanted certain things, we didn't really agree with certain things he was saying, but that's football and I think David Moyes will probably have had that before with many different players so we weren't the first and I'm sure we won't be the last."

- TEAMtalk media

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