Mourinho: It was easy to let Rooney leave

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Posted: Sep. 15, 2017 8:00 am Updated: Sep.

Rooney (or Schneiderlin) could become the eighth different player to score against Manchester United having already played for them in the Premier League (Hughes, Dublin, Ince, Gillespie, Berg, Campbell and Welbeck).

A massive loss for United is a huge positive for Everton.

After a bright start, it all started to go horribly for Everton and Ronald Koeman seems to be at a loss for words.

Everton were left red-faced on Thursday after their embarrassing performance against Serie A side Atalanta in their Europa League group opener.

The former United captain brings a Everton team low on confidence after three consecutive defeats, and the Toffees also come up against former striker, Romelu Lukaku, who has hit the ground running with 4 goals in as many league matches for United.

"But there are good players more than ready to play, so honestly, we miss Pogba, we need Pogba, but we have good players".

This formation would be fine, if it were to use wingers like Kevin Mirallas and Ademola Lookman to play those outside midfielder positions, but instead Koeman has tried to fit all of his central midfielders in those roles, playing them out of position.

"It is used too easily, but he deserves that title".

And on Sunday, against the team against whom Everton has lost the most Premier League matches in their club history, the Toffees could make it a hattrick of 3-0 defeats.

Rooney is expected to get a warm reception from United's fans at Old Trafford.

The 31-year-old forward knows all about finding the target at the Theatre of Dreams having spent 13 years with the Red Devils - in which time he became the club's record goalscorer.

Asked about landing Lukaku, Mourinho said: ' I don't think it was my influence, no. He has scored nine goals for club and country this season, and I think his price of [1.81] to find the net in 90 minutes is more than fair. That's not his case.

"He's a real legend of the club".

Ibrahimovic, who is recovering from cruciate knee ligament damage, is likely to play a significant part in the second half of the season after signing a new one-year contract in August, offering Lukaku competition for his place in United's attack.

Current form suggests, however, that Everton and Rooney are in for a hard afternoon.

"I think I showed against Basel why the manager has trust in me".

Paul Pogba is set to be the biggest absentee from United's squad in the coming weeks after he suffered a hamstring injury in the Champions League. So Everton have got an uphill task on their hands if they want anything from this one.