McCarthy upsets Everton fans after welcoming Manchester United speculation

McCarthy upsets Everton fans after welcoming Manchester United speculation

JAMES McCarthy has given Everton boss Roberto Martinez a cause for concern, after revealing that he was flattered by speculation linking him with a transfer to Manchester United.

The Republic of Ireland international – who has four years remaining on his contract at Goodison Park - is reportedly a potential target for new United manager Louis Van Gaal.

Whilst the 23-year-old appears to be welcoming the news, Toffees fans have taken to Twitter share their discontent with his comments.

"If a club like Manchester United are interested, obviously you are doing a good job," said McCarthy. "We will see what happens."

"I loved playing for Wigan," he added. "They won the FA Cup but (with their relegation) getting back to playing in the Premier League was a big target and it was wonderful to do so with Everton.

"It was an eye opener: all that history and the fan base. The fans have been brilliant from day one. I'm loving it."

It’s not only the fans that McCarthy praises about Everton; his relationship with Martinez is one that remains an attractive prospect for the midfielder as well as the excitement of playing European football next season.

"I've known him [Martinez] five years now and he's brilliant," said McCarthy.

"Last season, the lads here knew he wanted to change the system and they adapted very quickly and well. They are a great set of lads and, with the gaffer bringing in Gareth Barry, I have just loved it.

"We had the highest points' tally we have ever had in the Premier League (72 points and finishing above Tottenham and Manchester United) which was brilliant.

"A lot of people say the Europa League is not such a big thing but it was a massive achievement for each and every one of us at the club.

"Given how it will be a long season with European football mixing with domestic action, I'm sure the gaffer will bring in a rotation system.

"To be honest, I'm looking forward to getting going again. It is a big season ahead and our main aim is to get into the Champions League. We want to improve on last season and push on even further.

"Everyone's dream is to win the Premier League, isn't it? Liverpool nearly did that. Obviously, we won't get carried away and will give it our best shot."

The upcoming season will be a busy one for McCarthy as Ireland kick off their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in September, and with Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane guiding the team the Everton man believes that they can turn their World Cup disappointment into European success.

"Not qualifying for the World Cup was a big disappointment but now we've got this opportunity and, hopefully, we can achieve big things with the Euros,” he added.

"When we meet up in camp we'll get everybody focused on the goals that we want to achieve. You want to qualify for big tournaments."