Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has criticised manager David Moyes' last-minute team selections.

Ferdinand, 34, has played 11 times for United this season but was dropped for the draw at Tottenham and defeat to Everton in the last week.

And the veteran centre-back has openly questioned Moyes' selection policy, citing Sir Alex Ferguson's preference for informing players they would be starting matches well in advance.

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Ferdinand has openly questioned Moyes' selection policy


"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."

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    Manchester United's English defender Rio Ferdinand (L) and Scottish manager David Moyes hold a press conference at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on September 16, 2013, ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen on September 17. AFP PHOTO/Paul Ellis (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    BANGKOK, THAILAND - JULY 12: Rio Ferdinand and manager David Moyes (R) attend a Manchester United press conference at Rajamangala Stadium on July 12, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United football manager David Moyes (R) and football player Rio Ferdinand (L) pose for a photograph at the end of a press conference at the Rajamangala stadium in Bangkok on July 12, 2013. Wayne Rooney said he was 'gutted' after a hamstring injury forced him out of Manchester United's Asian tour on the very first day with questions still unanswered about his future. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United football manager David Moyes (R) and football player Rio Ferdinand (L) pose for a photograph at the end of a press conference at the Rajamangala stadium in Bangkok on July 12, 2013. Wayne Rooney said he was 'gutted' after a hamstring injury forced him out of Manchester United's Asian tour on the very first day with questions still unanswered about his future. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14: (L-R) Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, David Moyes and Ryan Giggs pose during a Manchester United press conference at the Museum of Contemporary Art on July 14, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United football club manager David Moyes (2nd-R) poses with players Rio Ferdinand (L), Michael Carrick (2nd-L) and Ryan Giggs (R) to pose in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge prior to a press conference on July 14, 2013. Manchester United flew into Sydney following an embarrassing upset loss to Thailand's Singha All-Star XI in Bangkok on July 13, to prepare for a match in Sydney on July 20 against an Australian Foxtel A-League All Stars side. AFP PHOTO / Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14: (L-R) Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, David Moyes and Ryan Giggs pose during a Manchester United press conference at the Museum of Contemporary Art on July 14, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Manager David Moyes (R) and Rio Ferdinand engage at the training session in Sydney on July 19, 2013. Manchester United arived in Sydney following an embarrassing upset loss to Thailand's Singha All-Star XI in Bangkok on July 13, to prepare for a match in Sydney on July 20 against an Australian Foxtel A-League All Stars side. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Ferdinand, who agreed a one-year extension with United in May following Moyes' announcement as Ferguson's successor, is the first senior player at the club to castigate the Scot.

Although he was sidelined for a month with a groin injury, Ferdinand's form has noticeably dipped this campaign. He started in the 4-1 hammering at Manchester City and was culpable for both West Brom goals in the Baggies' first win at Old Trafford since 1978.

His comments compound a dismal week for Moyes after Everton won against United for the first time of asking at Old Trafford since he left Goodison Park. Everton infamously failed to win away at United, Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool during Moyes' 11 years in charge.

United are now 12 points adrift of Premier League pace-setters Arsenal.