Can David Moyes send a big message to Jose Mourinho?

David Moyes

David Moyes has a chance to throw down a clear warning to Jose Mourinho this weekend as Everton travel to Chelsea.

It will be the final game Moyes spends in charge of Everton before he completes his move to Old Trafford and it gives him a chance to get one over on Chelsea ahead of next season.

It would be a very significant signal because not a lot of people are giving a Moyes inspired Manchester United any chance of beating a Jose Mourinho led Chelsea.

The Chelsea squad isn’t going to change too much over the summer so it would also be a message that Moyes can get a result at Stamford Bridge with an Everton side, lower in quality when compared to United.

Football is a sport largely based on mind games, which makes any slight advantage or anything you can hold against a rival more valuable when it comes down to the fine lines between victory and defeat.

It’s not impossible that the arrogance of Mourinho has led him to view the current situation in England, thinking it could be quite simple to guide Chelsea to a lot of silverware next season.

Chelsea will be on a huge high following their success in the Europa League against Benfica in mid-week but Everton head into this game in superb shape.

They have only played two matches this month but they are yet to concede a goal and the results include a hard earned point away at Liverpool, which is a match hat many expected Everton to lose.

What Chelsea will point to is the fact that they won this fixture 2-1 earlier in the season, at the end of December which turned out to be the busiest chunk of the season for the West London side.

More than anything this will be a big sign to Moyes himself mentally, that he is a good enough coach to win this sort of fixture with a weaker team than the one he inherits at Old Trafford.

It’s also a possible victory which will rub off on Chelsea supporters who are more than likely counting their blessings that Mourinho wasn’t the person named to follow Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

If Moyes gets one over on them, they will start to think more seriously about United’s challenge next season regardless of the fact Moyes is going into a bigger job than anything he’s ever experienced before.

It will give him the boost he needs to head off to United and hit the ground running because he has a big summer ahead of him getting to know the staff, sorting out various transfers and trying to keep some very big egos happy in the dressing room.

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