Rodwell, 18, boosted his burgeoning reputation by climbing off the bench to score a superb solo goal that capped a shock 3-1 win over the Premier League champions on Saturday.
That will only have increased the midfielder’s standing with Old Trafford supremo Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been linked with a summer swoop for the England Under-21 star.
But Moyes, who saw United raid the Toffees for 18-year-old Wayne Rooney in 2004 after the England striker exploded onto the scene, feels better prepared to fend off Rodwell’s long line of admirers.
“There has been quite a lot of attention towards Jack Rodwell for a while. But strangely enough, it was Wayne [Rooney] that worried me a lot more,” said Moyes.
“It doesn’t worry me quite so much with Jack because we’ve been through it before. I don’t think we were quite ready when Wayne came on the scene but we’re certainly ready for Jack Rodwell and our team is good enough to carry a Jack Rodwell and keep him and keep bigger suitors away.
“If Wayne was at Everton now I think it would be completely different. We’re competing within Europe, we’re trying to beat the top teams, we’re at that end of the league.”