Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has criticised new boss David Moyes for his decisions over naming his start line ups, as reported by the Daily Mail.

The former England captain is unhappy at Moyes’ decision to announce his starting XI to the squad just hours before kick-off, leaving players confused as to how to prepare for the game.

Sir Alex Ferguson used to tell his squad the team for the next game at least on day in advance, enabling a certain mid set and attitude to be put into certain players.

Ferdinand claims he is struggling to get used to the new tactic from Moyes and that may be evident by United’s poor form.

‘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 kind of 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 matchday and that’s what you need to try and make sure you’re doing even if you don’t know you’ll be playing to try and 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.’