Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We Meet Again My Old Friend ; Pellegrini and Moyes Have Faced Each Other before with the City Boss Triumphing in a Champions League Play-Off Eight Years Ago

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We Meet Again My Old Friend ; Pellegrini and Moyes Have Faced Each Other before with the City Boss Triumphing in a Champions League Play-Off Eight Years Ago

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DAVID Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini have met before. Pellegrini's Villarreal knocked Moyes's Everton out of the Champions League third qualifying round in 2005, winning 2-1 home and away.

On the verge of their first meeting since that match, Pellegrini described the encounter eight-years ago as 'special'.

Down the road at United's Carrington training headquarters, Moyes said the result still 'rankles' after referee Pierluigi Collina ruled out a Duncan Ferguson goal in the second leg that would have sent the tie into extra-time.

It's the small margins that are likely to decide the derby games contested between the two men.

And yesterday at their respective press conferences they got an early start with the differences of opinion that are likely to characterise their relationship as managers of United and City.

"Villarreal had a very good team then," said Moyes. "You have to remember they got to the semi-finals of the Champions League that year. I think they lost to Arsenal in the semi.

"For us to run them very close that year in the qualifiers gives you an idea of what a good side we had as well.

"We were disappointed not to go through. It did rankle because we thought we had scored a legitimate goal to take it into extratime.

It didn't count."

"It was very special game for both teams," said Pellegrini on the same subject.

"I think it was the first time Everton would play Champions League. For Villarreal it was the first time, it was a very difficult game at Goodison and we finished beating Everton at home. It was a very special match for Villarreal and for me."

Pellegrini was in relaxed mood as he discussed his first Manchester derby yesterday. Reminded of Moyes' good recent record against City - he lost just one of his last eight meetings - Pellegrini cited his record against Moyes, again bringing up Villarreal's success over Everton. …

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