David Moyes expecting warm reception from Everton supporters
Manchester United host the Toffees at Old Trafford this evening, with David Moyes expecting the visiting supporters to show him plenty of respect despite leaving Goodison Park in the summer.
December 4th, 2013
Moyes was Sir Alex Ferguson’s choice to take charge of the Red Devils and took little time to make the decision to leave Everton after being manager of the Merseyside club for over ten years.
Since arriving at Old Trafford, he has acquired the services of Marouane Fellaini and attempted to sign Leighton Baines unsuccessfully, although the Scot still expects the Everton fans to appreciate all the good he did for his previous club.
“I would not be surprised if one or two people have a go but I think the majority of Everton fans are well aware of what was achieved,” he said.
“The Premier League has been going for just over 20 years and in the first half of that period Everton had a top-10 finish maybe once. In the second half we finished in the top 10 on a regular basis. I think anyone looking at it would understand that I helped push the club in the right direction.”
Moyes admits that Everton might be somewhat aggrieved about his pursuit of Fellaini and Baines, although he’s looking forward to seeing his former players after the final whistle, while he also remains on cordial terms with chairman Bill Kenwright.
“I totally understand that and have no qualms about it at all,” he said. “I have got a job to do for Manchester United while Everton supporters have to support their team, which they have always done.
“Things could maybe have been done a little differently but that is football. I have great respect for Everton, their players, their chairman and their supporters. If I had not received the call from Sir Alex [Ferguson] four weeks from the end of the season I’m sure I would still be working there now. I had a contract and was deciding what my future was going to be at Everton and how we were going to take the club forward.
“I still speak to [the chairman] Bill Kenwright on the telephone, I still have banter with the staff at Everton and after the game I will be the first one to go and say hello to the players. But I am interested in winning the game. Sentiment can’t come into it because that is not me. I’ve got another club now and the one I’m interested in getting results for is United.”