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'Martinez more tactical than Moyes'

ESPN staff
March 19, 2014
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David Moyes is not as keen on tactical training as Roberto Martinez, according to Ross Barkley.

The Manchester United manager, who has come in for criticism from fans for his team's unimaginative displays this season, is said to enjoy dominating the sessions when he puts his players through their paces.

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However, Barkley says Moyes' successor at Everton takes a more tactical approach and, so far, it has paid off.

Martinez has guided his side into sixth place in the Premier League table, one position and three points above United, with a game in hand.

Everton appear to be overachieving after moving on from Moyes, while United have struggled since the Scot took over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

"He [Martinez] is similar to David Moyes as they both like to take over the training session and be the main man," Barkley, who was given his debut by Moyes at Everton in 2011, told Match of the Day magazine.

"But Martinez is more tactical. We do a lot more tactical work which is good for me because I'm young and still learning.

"Martinez has come in and given everyone confidence. He's a positive man and doesn't say anything negative.

"I'm an Evertonian so I want the club to be up at the top end of the table and it's great to be a part of it.'

Barkley has earned his first three England caps this season and his performances have drawn comparisons with a young Paul Gascoigne.

However, there was one current and former United player - and a certain Frenchman - Barkley, 20, looked up to when he was younger.

"My hero was Zinedine Zidane,he said. "I used to watch a lot Spanish football and videos of him. There was also Paul Scholes, and Wayne Rooney, because he came through the Everton system at a young age, like I have."

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