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Manchester United manager David Moyes has admitted he has stayed away from former club Everton when conducting scouting missions due to the fans’ strong feeling of resentment towards their former boss.
Moyes will operate from the opposition dugout at Goodison Park for the first time since leaving the club, who he managed for 11 years prior to joining United, when the sides meet on Sunday.
The Scot cut ties with Everton amicably when leaving at the end of last season, but the relationship between Moyes and the fans has since soured after he tried to recruit former players Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini to join him at Old Trafford in the summer.
A £28m bid for the pair was described as “insulting” by the Merseyside outfit and although Moyes later convinced Fellaini to jump ship, he was then on the receiving end of boos from the Everton fans when the sides met at Old Trafford earlier in the season.
Moyes has now revealed that he has tried to stay away from Goodison Park, as he feels it is too soon to try and build bridges.
He said: “I went to see Everton last Saturday at Sunderland, but I’ve not been back to Goodison this season. It’s nearly a year since I left.
“I’ve just felt that it wasn’t the right time to go back at this moment in time. Time is a big healer. 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.”
United are 2.78 for victory whilst Everton are 2.42 to take all three points this weekend.