David Moyes plays down significance of Everton return

Manchester United boss David Moyes insists that his return to Everton is nothing but a minor subplot to Sunday's game

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Manchester United manager David Moyes

David Moyes has played down the significance of his return to Goodison Park when Manchester United travel to Everton on Sunday.

The Red Devils boss, who took over at Old Trafford last summer after 11 years on Merseyside, is set to return to his former club for the first time this weekend.

Roberto Martinez has done a brilliant job this year

David Moyes

However, the Scot insisted that his return is nothing but a minor subplot to the game and was quick to praise the impact that his successor Roberto Martinez has had this season.

“The game is not about me, it’s about Everton and Manchester United,” said Moyes.

“I go there as manager of Manchester United and I’m delighted to be that. I was proud to be manager of Everton at that time but my job now is to make sure I get a result for United.

“The Everton fans were always terrific in my time there – very supportive and always right behind the team. We go there with a great away record and go there trying to keep that going.

“I know the players at Everton – they are a great group of lads and great professionals who got on with the job and were self-motivated. Over the years, we continued to add players there and it was a great group of young players. The senior group there is very important too.

“Roberto Martinez has done a brilliant job this year. He’s got them playing well and in a good, healthy league position.”

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