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Rio Ferdinand Denies Myth He Was Told To Watch Phil Jagielka

Rio Ferdinand Denies Myth He Was Told To Watch Phil Jagielka

Rio Ferdinand has debunked the myth that David Moyes told him to watch how Phil Jagielka defends, thought to be a main reason Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic didn't like the manager.

Moyes' time at Manchester United was far from a success, with the Scottish manager lasting less than a year after taking over from the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.

Players reportedly weren't happy with many of Moyes decision at Old Trafford and reports suggested he'd annoying centre back partnership Ferdinand and Vidic by suggesting they watch Everton defender Jagielka to learn to become better defenders, something Ferdinand has now denied.

"I don't know where that came from to be honest, that's something that never happened," the former England captain told the Savage Social podcast.

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"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."

Ferdinand and Vidic are one of the best defensive partnerships in Premier League history. Image: PA Images
Ferdinand and Vidic are one of the best defensive partnerships in Premier League history. Image: PA Images

Both men played just one season after Fergie left, under Moyes, before leaving United with Ferdinand heading to QPR and Vidic moving to Inter, with their careers both ending within two years of moving on.

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The 41-year-old, who is now a pundit for BT Sport, did admit the two defenders didn't always agree with the West Ham manager, adding, "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 etc.

"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."

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The Moyes season saw United go from champions to finishing seventh, their lowest ever finish, and the former Preston manager's six year contract, that he'd signed nine months before, was ended in April after a loss to Everton left them unable to finish in the top four.

For all the things he may have done wrong during his short stint in charge at Old Trafford it seems his most infamous fail never actually happened.

Topics: Football News, Manchester United, Nemanja Vidic, Sir Alex Ferguson, Premier League, Everton, Rio Ferdinand, David Moyes

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