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“Don’t let Jamie Carragher ref the game”

Phil-Neville-away-2012-13-300x180Former Everton captain has revealed that David Moyes would tell his side to not let Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher referee a Merseyside derby.

The former Manchester United man also said that he didn’t enjoy the hype surrounding a Merseyside derby, and that the players would often get carried away with the atmosphere.

He said, “I hated Merseyside derbies, I really did. I thought they were overhyped.

“I think a Manchester derby, we used to talk about from 48 hours before. Merseyside derbies were a week before.

“The masseur would put up on the wall ‘five more sleeps’. The next day ‘four more sleeps’, the next day ‘three more sleeps until the Merseyside derby’. It was the biggest game.

“We used to go into derby days full of confidence thinking we could compete but Liverpool always used to play the game.

“We got too involved in trying to smash someone early on, fans saying you’ve got to die for the badge. It was the only game Everton wanted to win.

“It’s a tight tunnel at Goodison Park. All you can here in the tight tunnel is Jamie Carragher, in his squeaky Scouse accent, shouting ‘come on lad

“Every game we played against Liverpool, David Moyes would say ‘don’t let Jamie Carragher ref the game’.”

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