Manchester United manager claims some credit for Everton’s fine season
David Moyes thinks he laid the foundations for Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park ahead of Sunday’s clash
April 19th, 2014
Everton have an outside chance of qualifying for the Champions League this term after an excellent top flight campaign under Roberto Martinez, although the Spaniard’s predecessor wants to take some credit for the Toffees’ achievements this term.
David Moyes left Goodison Park for Old Trafford in the summer, although the Scot has struggled to pick up the pieces left by Sir Alex Ferguson and returns to his old stomping ground with the Red Devils nine points behind their opponents.
However, Moyes believes that Everton’s lofty position in the Premier League is partly attributable to the foundations he laid at the club before leaving last summer.
Asked whethrer Everton are more exciting under Martínez, Moyes said: “They have some really good players and they have gone on again. Great credit to Roberto but he has a group of players who were always capable of going on again, of improving. Maybe moving further up the league. Don’t forget Everton finished above Liverpool last year – and the year before. So it was a great achievement for Everton. In a way it should not be a surprise they are doing well.
“He’s picked up a really good group of players, there’s some top senior players there. There has always been a chain of young players ready to go in the team and I think that’s helped. We had a great recruitment department, a brilliant staff, all round the club. All those people have helped. It’s a well-run club.”
Manchester United have failed to get anywhere near the league form of last season which saw the Red Devils win the title at a canter, with Moyes admitting he has not returned to Goodison Park this season.
“I went to see Everton on Saturday against Sunderland [away]. I’ve not been back to Goodison,” he said. “I’ve just felt that it wasn’t the right time to go back at this moment. Time is big healer as well. It is nearly a year since I probably only found out about the opportunity [to join United], it was about May 1 – April 28th, something like that.”