David Moyes admits Everton ‘animosity’ towards Man United
David Moyes admits Manchester United irked Everton with their Marouane Fellaini signing and Leighton Baines approach
David Moyes has admitted Everton were left unsettled after Manchester United signed Marouane Fellaini and pursued Leighton Baines last summer.
The Scot left Goodison Park to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at United as an Everton legend last summer after a series of top-six finishes.
I think there was animosity at the way we would have liked to have bought a couple of the players
Moyes’s first Red Devils signing was former Toffees midfielder Fellaini, whilst the 51-year-old attempted to bring Baines to Old Trafford.
And the United manager admitted his attempts to sign Baines may have upset the Everton supporters ahead of the Red Devils’s trip to Merseyside on Sunday.
“I went to see Everton (play) last Saturday at Sunderland, but I’ve not been back to Goodison this season,” said Moyes.
“I think there was animosity at the way we would have liked to have bought a couple of the players. But some Manchester United players go to Everton, so there is reverse.”
Moyes praised his successor at Everton, Roberto Martinez, adding that he hopes his legacy remains intact at Everton.
“I think it’s great credit to Roberto but there was a group of players there who were always capable of improving, getting better and moving further up the league,” Moyes added.
“You have to remember that Everton finished above Liverpool for the last two years and got into the Champions League (qualifying stages in 2005).
“Hopefully in time everyone will look at (my time there) and say it was a really good time in Everton’s history.”