Mourinho: It was easy to let Rooney leave

Rachel Hardy
September 17, 2017

Belgium forward Lukaku left Goodison Park for Manchester United this summer in a £75million deal after scoring 20-plus goals in each of his previous three seasons with the Toffees. "He's come in and already scored a lot of goals for us, so we know what he's about", Lingard told MUTV.

Now Koeman has stressed his side must tighten up at the back or they will be undone by the threat of Lukaku on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

The Swede, who suffered ligament damage in his right knee against Anderlecht in April, signed a new one year contract with Man United last month.

The United manager is insistent that his team's success or failure will not depend exclusively on the form of their main striker, pointing out that they only finished sixth in the Premier League last season despite the contribution of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored 28 goals in all competitions.

"There are a lot of individual qualities in the players around him (at United)". I think the stadium will show him the respect he deserves. In the box he's really risky, he's fast, he's strong. If I see how hard they [opponents] make it for our strikers, and how many spaces we give, letting them turn, not following your man, not defending your man tight, not aggressive, then that's what I am anxious about.

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Koeman failed to land an out-and-out replacement for Lukaku in the summer, with Wayne Rooney the only player to have found the net for Everton in their opening four games, and Koeman accepts Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Sandro Ramirez can not be asked to assume Lukaku's role.

"It is different in our ball possession if you have a target man in front".

Rooney makes a first return to Old Trafford in Sunday's late kick-off since departing for Everton in the summer, with Romelu Lukaku moving the other way for an initial £75m. No goals scored, eight conceded. Yes, he has pace but he's not physically the strongest.

Mourinho recently confirmed the defender is available for selection once again but he might have to beat off competition from Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian who have been impressive so far this season. But I am young and learning and that is going to be good for me.

"Now we're building it up and it's getting stronger".

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