David Moyes has revealed the reason behind his decision to ban chips during his reign as Manchester United manager – too many overweight players at Old Trafford. Speaking exclusively to FourFourTwo, Moyes has gone on record to put some of the myths about his ill-fated spell in charge, to bed.
Moyes, who was sacked last April following a disappointing spell as manager, had been criticised by many of the United players, most notably Rio Ferdinand, for banning low fat chips on the evening before games.
Yes, I did ban chips. It was because a couple of players were overweight and I didn’t think chips were good for their diet.
Now manager of Real Sociedad, Moyes has admitted that he did ban chips ahead of matches due to concern over the physical condition of many players within his squad. Moyes has also hit back at claims by Ferdinand that he made the players train in public parks ahead of important matches.
We went to prepare on the morning of the game as we would always do. I can assure you, it wasn’t in a public park.
Whilst acknowledging he had made a lot of mistakes at United, Moyes does he believe one good thing came from his time in charge.
He [Januzaj] has the ability to go past people, inside or outside. He has quality on the ball and enough arrogance to show it.
Adnan can become a top player. There’s a composure about him, he could be a wide player or even a centre-forward. There’s a lot of Chris Waddle about him. He’s got the lot.