David Moyes has welcomed comparisons between Everton and Manchester United, but feels they may be over-exaggerated.
The Toffees are a side renowned for their ability to produce home-grown talent and give it every chance to blossom in the first team.
That is an approach which has served United well down the years, with a glittering era in the club's history built around academy graduates.
Everton are doing their best to follow suit, with funding for new recruits often in short supply around Goodison Park.
Moyes, who has been touted as a potential successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, is delighted to see his hard work being recognised, but appreciates that he has a long way to go before he can claim to stand alongside United and their legendary boss.
He said: "If people are saying that, that's great, but I would say they have about 250,000 more trophies than we have and so I can't see the comparison in truth.
"If other people see it, that's great because that shows we are making progress.
"I really hope that some day we will be able to compete and challenge them."
Moyes is preparing his side for a trip to Old Trafford on Saturday and hopes to have key men back at his disposal.
There is still some doubt as to whether Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta will be able to figure following spells on the sidelines, but the pair are set to play some part during the end of season run-in.
Moyes said: "It is not just this game - if we can get them back for Wigan, West Brom, Manchester City and Chelsea in the next four games it would be great.
"Just getting them back around the squad is important."