Wayne Rooney Deserves A Legend's Welcome At Manchester United, Says Jose Mourinho

Wayne Rooney Deserves A Legend's Welcome At Manchester United, Says Jose Mourinho

Everton's promising start to the season has been derailed in recent weeks following defeats to Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur while a 3-0 defeat to Italian side Atalanta in the Europa League will leave Toffees fans apprehensive going into Sunday's clash with Man United.

The Belgium global has made a flying start to his Old Trafford career, scoring six times in his first six appearances in all competitions, and, on Sunday, comes up against former club Everton following his £75million switch from Goodison Park in July.

September 14, 2017 at 20:00, one of the first matches of the day of the first round of the group round of the League of Europe will be a meeting in Reggio nel Emilia, in which Atalanta at the home arena "Mapei" will play against Everton.

But the United boss stressed that he did not want sentiment to get in the way of his team's bid to stay top of the Premier League table.

Everton's lack of pace and urgency is close to embarrassing.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman acknowledged on Friday there was "enough reason to be worried" and called for his "experienced players to stand up".

And Koeman has said he is looking for the senior members of his squad, like Rooney, captain Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams, to turn their fortunes around. I have to criticise myself because the team was not prepared for this tonight.

Atalanta like to play on the front foot under Gasperini, but in unfamiliar surroundings it might take them a while to settle, and they have made a few changes to their team. Koeman tried to do so against Atalanta, and it didn't work out. But it's too easy to mention the strikers because we make a lot of mistakes'. Dominic needs time and Sandro needs to adapt to the Premier League.

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

England's record goalscorer left United to return to boyhood club Everton this summer after 13 successful years with the Red Devils.

"I think the stadium will show him the respect he deserves".

And Mourinho says that Rooney is a true Manchester Inited legend in an era when legendary status is handed out far too easily. That's not his case.

"He's a real legend of the club". He is a great finisher, and I hope we know how to defend him.

Koeman's substitutions failed to produce a goal, and as the Dutchman said after the game, relayed by Corriere dello Sport: "They gave us a lesson in football". "I believe that we have the confidence to come out of this".

Manchester United dealt a convincing 3-0 win to Basel but lost Paul Pogba, who came off with a hamstring injury in the first half.