Jose Mourinho has suggested Everton should be targeting a top-four finish after spending 145 million pounds in the summer but the Merseyside club's manager, Ronald Koeman, says his Manchester United counterpart's claims are unrealistic. Mourinho's comments came in his programme notes ahead of United's 4-0 thumping of Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.
Then Ashley Williams gifted United a second goal scored by Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the floor gave way on Everton. Anthony Martial's injury-time penalty completed the rout, meaning Everton have conceded 10 goals without scoring in eight days. They have lost their last four games and have not won since beating Hajduk Split in the Europa League on 17 August.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claimed drawing level with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table did not enter his mind following their 4-0 win over Everton. Mourinho felt the margin of victory, secured courtesy of three goals in the final seven minutes, was not flattering and reflected the dominance of his side. Despite the margin of the defeat Everton manager Ronald Koeman claimed he saw signs of improvement from his players and the scoreline flattered United.
Until the 83rd minute at Old Trafford on Sunday Ronald Koeman must have thought his Everton side had turned an important corner, before a late capitulation left them in the Premier League relegation zone. Everton were trailing 1-0 to Antonio Valencia's early stunner but playing well and threatening an equaliser. Then Ashley Williams gifted United a second goal scored by Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the floor gave way on Everton.
Jose Mourinho has suggested that Wayne Rooney will return to Manchester United one day having seen his former striker warmly received on his return to Old Trafford with Everton. Rooney was on the losing side as United ran out 4-0 victors over Ronald Koeman's men, but he received an ovation when substituted in the 82nd minute after a hard-working performance.
It was a glorious piece of Jose Mourinho dickery before kick-off, rubbing Ronald Koeman's nose into the dirt. After Antonio Valencia's early strike they responded and held their own until Henrikh Mkhitaryan's clinching goal, but then a woeful collapse then followed. Those supporters spent the game lambasting Romelu Lukaku, who earned the last laugh with his assist, goal and subsequent celebration. The attack may be misfiring, but do not be fooled into thinking that Everton's defence is in working order.
Antonio Valencia's early thunderbolt put Manchester United en route to a 4-0 Premier League victory over Everton on Sunday, but they needed a flurry of late goals to finally subdue their unfortunate visitors. Ronald Koeman's side were still threatening an equaliser when former Everton striker Romelu Lukaku set up Mkhitaryan to sidefoot United's second after 83 minutes. Lukaku slammed in a third heading into stoppage time before Anthony Martial converted a late penalty.
Wayne Rooney will be looking to put a dent in Manchester United's Premier League title plans as he returns to Old Trafford for the first time as an Everton player. Rooney left United this summer as the club's all-time record goalscorer, and is now in the opposite dressing room as Ronald Koeman's Toffees travel to Manchester. Manchester United host Everton at Old Trafford with kick-off scheduled for 4pm on Sunday, September 17.
United conceded their first goal of the season, and first in 535 minutes of league play, against Stoke last weekend. United are without Paul Pogba, who injured a hamstring in the Champions League win over Basel on Tuesday. Everton manager Ronald Koeman has faced Manchester United's Jose Mourinho five times in the league without losing. Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is one goal away from his 90th in the Premier League. Former England captain Wayne Rooney faces his old team.
I mention this because Ronald Koeman has been accused of lacking passion and there is a suggestion that that could be behind Everton's mini meltdown in the past couple of weeks. I have friends who are passionate Blues and they worry he may be a bit too calm. Most supporters want to see this bouncing around on the touchline because they think it will inspire the players or motivate them.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has blamed himself for his side's 3-0 hammering by Atalanta, calling it a big lesson for the Premier League side on their return to European football. It is a big lesson tonight, Koeman told the club website (www.evertonfc.com) after Thursday's loss. Koeman said he saw a big difference in the belief and confidence between his side and Italy's Atalanta, who returned to European competition after 26 years.
We know him really well, Koeman said of Lukaku. If we defend how we've defended in the last few games then maybe it will be his afternoon. There's no frustration now because you can't do anything at this time, Koeman said of failing to add another attacker. Lukaku's new home has actually been a happy hunting ground for Koeman in the past.