Seamus Coleman has said he owes new Manchester United boss David Moyes a huge debt for turning him into the player he is today.
Moyes signed the defender from Sligo Rovers, for just £60,000 in January 2009. He kept faith with the player until he broke into the Everton first team and established his place in the Republic of Ireland side.
Coleman said: “He took me from a League of Ireland team and made me into a Premier League and international footballer. I’ll always have good things to say about him.
“He’s always been one to pull you up on things – ‘You’re doing things right, you’re doing things wrong. He’s been brilliant with me. I owe him an awful lot and I wish him the best of luck.
“He’s helped the defensive side of my game. He played me in midfield for two seasons – that’s where he saw fit for me in the first couple of years – and I gained a lot of experience from that.
“Tony Hibbert was injured at the start of the season and he saw it was the time to give me a go at right-back. I think it was the right time.”
Coleman added: “I had a spell [on loan] at Blackpool when I was playing at right-back and I really enjoyed it. But obviously that was the Championship, and the Premier League is a big step up.
“I had a few games this season where I started off. I was just back in the role after a couple of years and you could tell that you’re out of it for a while. But I’m back in the full swing of it and enjoying it.”