Moyes geared up for Manchester derby
David Moyes said his time playing for Celtic and managing Everton has prepared him for his maiden Manchester derby.
The Scot will travel to the Etihad Stadium for the first time as Manchester United manager on Sunday adamant that he understands the significance of the occasion.
He said: “I think because I’ve experienced derby games in Glasgow and Merseyside I have a bit of experience of that. But as I said every derby in every big city wherever you go is important to whatever team you support.
“I understand how important it is to the Manchester United supporters. I think there is an excitement with a derby in any big city. They are all really important to your supporters and to the players as well.”
It will be Moyes’ first competitive meeting with Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini since Villarreal knocked his Everton side out in a Champions League qualifier in 2005.
But Moyes argued the result could have been very different had a Duncan Ferguson goal not been disallowed in the second leg.
He said: “Villarreal had a really good team. They got to the semi-final of the Champions League. They lost on penalty kicks to Arsenal in the semi-final. For Everton to run them really close gave you an idea of what a good side we had as well.
“We were disappointed not to go through. It did rankle because we thought we scored a legitimate goal in extra time and it didn’t count.”