David Moyes: Man City & Man United won’t see Everton as title rivals

Everton manager David Moyes says the Premier League's big boys will not view the Toffees as title contenders - yet

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David Moyes' side are currently in second place Photo: Back Page Images

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David Moyes admitted Manchester City and Manchester United will not consider Everton to be Premier League title rivals quite yet despite the Toffees’ impressive start to the season.

Leon Osman netted in the 25th minute to cancel out Gastón Ramírez’s opener for Southampton at Goodison Park on Saturday, before Nikica Jelavić scored a six-minute brace on his return to the first-team.

The 3-1 victory leaves Moyes’ side in second place and three points behind pacesetters Chelsea, with the Merseyside outfit losing just once this term.

“I don’t think Everton managers can really come in these days and say ‘let’s avoid relegation’,” Moyes said.

“That’s always the first route for every club. The next part then is whether you can nick a European spot and, if you’re very good, maybe you can make the dream spots.

“I want to be in there. I’d like us to be in the mix through the season. I don’t think Manchester United or Manchester City will be worried that Everton are near the top of the league at this time of the year – they might be if it comes April and we’re still near the top.”

Everton defender Sylvain Distin likened their display against the Saints to Barcelona, and Moyes was particularly impressed by his side’s first-half performance.

“We played ever so well at times in the first half. It took us 15 minutes or so to get going,” he added.

“I thought maybe there was a bit of a hangover from the result and the performance in midweek, but the players deserve great credit for going about their job and how well they played.”

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