Everton defence must improve ahead of Romelu Lukaku reunion, says Ronald Koeman

The importance of the Serb cannot be underestimated

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I thought I would get a lot of game time here, more than I possibly would at Manchester United, and that was a massive factor in my decision.

Even so, Mourinho is of the view that Lukaku will continue to benefit from playing in a United side who carry more attacking threat than they did last season.

Ronald Koeman says Everton must improve defensively if they are to contain the "dangerous" Romelu Lukaku against Manchester United on Sunday.

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"I think he will get the welcome that he deserves", Mourinho was quoted as saying by SkySports News. Anecdotally, Rooney rose to prominence in a league featuring Mourinho's first Chelsea team, which were defensively robust: they conceded just 37 goals in their two title-winning seasons.

The Portuguese manager once again expressed his view that Rooney, United's all-time record goalscorer, should be regarded as a United legend, but immediately stressed that he is an Everton player now who will want to beat them on Sunday, as reported by the Guardian.

"It's not just about the striker".

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Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has insisted that Romelu Lukaku will not be fazed by the prospect of coming up against his former club when the Red Devils welcome Everton to Old Trafford on Sunday. Three wins and a draw in four games means that the Red Devils are leading the English Premier League on goal difference. Opta tell us that if he scores against his old club Everton, he'll become the fourth-youngest player in Premier League history to hit the 90-goal mark. But it's too easy to talk about the striker. "When a team doesn't create a lot, when a team doesn't have the ball, when a team is just reactive, it is more hard for these players but when the team is in control and makes decisions on the direction of a game, when the team is so offensive, when the team puts so many people in attacking areas, I think they have to score goals". "The way the team plays, they have to (score more goals). We couldn't be happier".

"What I did with him was what I do normally with every player - like Jones". Everton have gone into a tailspin, and although Koeman remains confident the decline won't last, I'd be very surprised if Old Trafford provides the light at the end of the tunnel.

Sandro Ramirez is still coming to terms with life in the Premier League after his move from Malaga, and as impressive as Rooney's second coming has been, he was never going to plug the goal gap left by Lukaku.

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