David Moyes: I nearly joined Manchester United in 1999

by Sam Peoples

David Moyes’ Everton face Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow afternoon in an eagerly anticipated clash in the Premier League.

Everton famously clawed back from two goals down to grab a dramatic point in a thrilling 4-4 draw at Old Trafford last season in a game many consider one of the turning points in the title race.

But, it could of all been very different. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Moyes admitted that he nearly become Alex Ferguson’s second hand man way back in 1999.

He said: “I met Fergie in the year they won the Champions League. He asked me to have a cup of tea with him. He was looking for an assistant. I met him but he gave the job to McClaren.

“I was fine with that because I was enjoying what I was doing at Preston, but if that opportunity had come I wouldn’t have turned it down. Maybe it was a good decision not to do it.

“They went on to win the European Cup and have been very successful since but I’m happy with the way it’s worked out for me.”

The fact that United went on to win the European Cup back in 1999 might suggest that Ferguson made the right decision in picking Steve Mclaren to be his right hand man but given his long successes at Everton, Moyes wouldn’t have been a bad assistant at all.

He has won 211 of his 502 games in charge of Everton, 44%, and many fans believe that Moyes is a contender for Ferguson’s eventual replacement having served Everton so well since 2002.

In the more immediate future, Ferguson will hoping to continue a long standing record that hasn’t seen Everton win at Old Trafford since 1992 tomorrow, especially after City dropped three points away to Southampton.

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