Victor Anichebe: I was sad to see David Moyes join Man United

West Bromwich Albion striker Victor Anichebe says he was sad to see David Moyes leave Everton to join Manchester United

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David Moyes has replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Man United Photo: Back Page Images

Victor Anichebe says he was sad to see David Moyes join Manchester United – and has admitted the Scot’s move played a part in his decision to quit Everton.

The Nigeria international completed a £6m move to West Bromwich Albion on deadline day, ending his seven-year spell at the Merseyside outfit.

The 25-year-old rose to prominence under the guidance of Moyes but felt the time was right to seek a new challenge after his manager replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

“David Moyes has been such a help for me. He has been like a father figure,” Anichebe said.

“He brought me through when I was just a boy and he has stuck with me through thick and thin. It was a wrench and there were moments even when I was driving down when I thought, ‘Is this the right decision?'”

He added: “It was difficult but I thought it was the right time to leave.

“Everton is changing and the club is going in a different direction. They have got a new manager in there now, with new philosophies.

“I was sad to see David Moyes go but that happens and you have to move on. I felt after a good latter stage of the season, maybe I should go somewhere else for a fresh start.”

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