Manchester United boss David Moyes has spoken of his great respect for his former club Everton, but he says his first meeting with the Toffees since taking up his post at Old Trafford will not be an emotional affair.
The Scot spoke fondly of his time on Merseyside, saying that he felt he could not have left the club in a better position. He also said his 11 years at Goodison Park provides little advantage as Everton come to town for Wednesday's Barclays Premier League clash under new boss Roberto Martinez.
"I had a great time at Everton," Moyes said at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday. "It was a great club for me at the time in my career when I left Preston North End. They were fabulous to me. They gave me a chance to succeed at the club the best I could.
"[But] I don't think it's any advantage that I know the players. They have a new manager there and he's brought in his own players as well.
"I do know a lot of them; in fact, I probably brought all of them into Goodison, except the recent ones. They're all really good players and I've got a lot to thank them for because they helped me to win games. But I've got to say Roberto's gone in and done a really good job and kept it going."
Although Moyes was clearly keen to laud his former employers, the boss stressed that, come Wednesday, his thoughts will be purely focused on picking up three points for United and that no sense of nostalgia would surface at Old Trafford.