Manchester United latest: Everton build up & Moyes on transfer plans

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Manchester United take on Everton on Sunday in the Premier League.

The clash will see the return to Goodison Park for David Moyes for the first time since the Scot left the club to take charge of the Red Devils last summer.

In team news, Wayne Rooney is expected to return from injury to face the clash with the Blues. The former Everton player is expected to make a recovery from his toe injury in time to face his former club at Goodison Park this Sunday. Summer signing Marouane Fellaini is also reportedly fit to feature against his former club.

Striker Robin van Persie remains out injured and defender Jonny Evans is still a ‘doubt’ for the clash with fullback Rafael unavailable due to a thigh injury.

Red Devils coach Phil Neville believes the players have let David Moyes down this season.

"We have not fulfilled any levels of expectations this season," Neville told the BBC's Football Focus show.

"We have failed on the football pitch and that doesn't sit kindly with anyone."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez expects a warm reception for the former boss this weekend at Goodison. The Toffies boss took over from Moyes after 11 years at the club.

"His job at Everton deserves that," he said. "His work has been terrific."

Meanwhile, record signing Juan Mata expects a bright future for United despite a difficult and disappointing season and backed the manager to take the Red Devils to success in the future.

"Now is the time to stick together - with the manager, with his staff, the players and with the people on the board of the club. We need to carry on, to stay with the manager. We need to believe in him, because as players we know we have to improve,” explained the Spaniard.

"I knew these six months were going to be difficult. Even before I came, things were difficult here, so I knew I wasn't coming to a side that was going to win, win and win.”

"But I knew as well that this club was going to come back and that the future was going to be bright,” he added.

In transfer news, reports have emerged today that Arsenal are eyeing a shock move for Chris Smalling this summer.

David Moyes has confirmed he is already ‘well into’ his transfer plans ahead of the summer transfer window but admitted the World Cup in Brazil will add ‘pressure’ to his activity in the market.

“I’ve got to say I’m well into my planning with my thoughts and ideas getting ready for next year,” he said.

“It will probably be after the end of the season before anything takes place, but we have got to look to do one or two things.”

“It’s difficult as players are going to be going away for the World Cup so it’s maybe not quite as easy as ideally all clubs would like to get the work done early. We cannot guarantee it, but will try to make that happen,” he added.

In other news, United are closing in on a £600 million kit deal, according to reports, that could provide extra funding for David Moyes in the transfer market, if agreed with sportswear giant Nike.

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