Rio Ferdinand: David Moyes's team selection turns me into a "madman"

Manchester United's English defender Rio Ferdinand gestures during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester United on October 28, 2012
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Rio Ferdinand questions David Moyes's policy of naming his team close to kickoff on matchdays.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has said that he turns into a "madman" on matchdays because of manager David Moyes.

Unlike his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson, the 50-year-old does not select his team until close to kickoff.

"This manager's a bit different in that he doesn't name the team beforehand," Ferdinand told BT Sport. "You don't really get to know the team. 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."

Ferdinand will be part of the BBC team that will cover the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil next summer.

Manager David Moyes of Manchester United applauds the travellling fans at the final whislte during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Manchester United at Craven Cottage on November 2, 2013
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