Victor Anichebe aims to prove David Moyes right this afternoon -- and teach him a lesson for saying nice things about him.
The West Bromwich Albion striker hopes to shake off a slight ankle injury in time to face his former Everton manager in the clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Anichebe made the move south from Goodison Park on deadline day for a Baggies club record fee but only after his new head coach Steve Clarke had rung Moyes for a character reference.
"I spoke to David to ask him one or two things -- not just about Victor but other players, too," Clarke said. "It was two or three weeks before the window closed. We spoke about a number of players, including Victor and he spoke very well about him.
"Normally, when you're after a player, you try to speak to people who have worked with that player before. I made calls about Amalfitano at Marseille and Stephane (Sessegnon) as well. It's what we do."
Anichebe sat out the midweek Capital One Cup defeat at home to Arsenal because of an injury that required an injection and then two days' rest.
Clarke hopes he will be fit to face United, though, and set about breaking his two-game-old Baggies duck.
"He was a player I wanted," Clarke added. "I felt his attributes would complement the players we had at the club."
Albion also hope to have Nicolas Anelka fully recovered following a kick that prevented him facing his first English club three days ago.
Among the travelling entourage from The Hawthorns will be Albion's all-time record goalscorer Tony Brown.
He covers all of the club's games as a summariser for local radio and will be on duty today 50 years to the afternoon since making a goal scoring debut for them in a win at Ipswich.
Such was his longevity that he achieved a unique Baggies feat. The goalkeeper he beat at Portman Road was Roy Bailey. A decade and a half later, Bailey's son Gary was in goal as Brown scored twice in a famous 5-3 victory for Ron Atkinson's Albion at Old Trafford.