Manchester United boss David Moyes believes Everton manager Roberto Martinez is holding back the careers of star duo Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini.
Baines and Fellaini, who were the subject of a joint £28 million bid from the champions, played under Moyes at Goodison Park, and now the Scot is hoping to bring the pair to Old Trafford.
However, after the Merseyside club rejected a bid for the duo, the United boss has insisted that he wouldn't have held back his players had ex-Red devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson come calling.
Although, Moyes did admit that he had some sympathy for Martinez as he told reporters: "I definitely do but I also know that if I'd been Everton manager and Sir Alex had come asking for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, I'd have found it very difficult to keep them because I always felt the right thing to do was what was right for the players."
United's bid for the Belgian and English stars was labelled "derisory and insulting" however Moyes doesn't see it that way.
He continued by saying: "I signed every player at Everton, so I know a lot about them. They are a great club and they are both excellent players.
"The bid, from Manchester United's point of view, was a private thing and if and when we make a new offer we'd keep that offer private and confidential as well."
United are preparing to face Jose Mourinho's Chelsea in the Premier League this Monday and Moyes will be hoping to win his first competitive home game at Old Trafford.