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Moyes can't blame United squad - Martinez

ESPN staff
April 19, 2014
David Moyes returns to Goodison Park on Sunday for the first time since leaving for Old Trafford © Getty Images

David Moyes' argument that his Manchester United squad is not good enough holds no weight, according to Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

United travel to Everton on Sunday as Moyes gets set to return to Goodison Park for the first time since leaving for Old Trafford last summer.

Whereas Martinez's side are fighting it out for the fourth and final Champions League spot with Arsenal, United's best hope appears to be earning a Europa League berth - which sources have told ESPN that club owners the Glazer family are demanding of Moyes.

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While Moyes has blamed the quality of his squad on United's rapid decline this season from being champions last term, Martinez insists they should in fact be better off following the £27.5 million capture of Marouane Fellaini - from Everton, no less - and £37.1 million January signing Juan Mata.

"They are still the league champions and they haven't lost anyone," said Martinez. "It's the opposite. They have two players on top.

"United's squad is bigger and better than people are trying to make out."

Moyes has previously suggested his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson left an ageing group behind, however Martinez has pointed to Jose Mourinho's Chelsea as proof that United manager can have no excuses.

He added: "Who are these United veterans? Rio Ferdinand? How many games has Rio played? Not many and Ryan Giggs hasn't played many, either.

"You could look at Chelsea and say they are more of an ageing squad. In football, not everything is straightforward - there's no black and white.

"An ageing squad if you win becomes an experienced squad with knowhow. If you lose, it becomes the players have no legs. It's something in between those extremes.

"You look at Chelsea, title contenders, but squad-wise worse than United."

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