Jose Mourinho 'unrealistic' in suggesting top-four finish for Everton -Koeman

Posted September 19, 2017

The defeat means Everton have lost their last three Premier League games, and sit in the bottom three having claimed just four points from five games in a surprisingly poor start to the campaign.

"I think Ander was important", Mourinho added, as quoted on Manchester Evening News.

However, once the former United star left the pitch with nine minutes to go, the floodgates opened for Jose Mourinho's men. One more goal, fantastic, one assist.

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"In the second half they had a couple of chances but the best keeper in the world (David de Gea) was there for us".

After a typically whole-hearted display, Rooney was substituted on 82 minutes and could only watch as Everton capitulated in a frantic closing period.

Wayne Rooney made his first appearance at the Old Trafford since leaving United, and it was after his substitution in the 81st minute (to a standing ovation from the home & away fans) that things fell apart for Everton.

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"United have missed a player with the quality to produce the final ball with regularity in the past few years, if Mkhitaryan can continue this form, that will no longer be an issue", the publication says.

"For me the third and fourth goal were a little bit out of context in the game".

It took United until the 83rd minute to get the second when Lukaku collected a misplaced pass from Ashley Williams and set up Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

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United responded and nearly went 2-0 up on 65 minutes but Juan Mata's well taken free-kick from the edge of Everton's box came off the post. If you don't win and you have a big number of players in your squad you have doubts about how you need to start, the system to play. So, it's even more hard and even more important. I wasn't so impressed by United. My pressure is for the tactical plan, for the organisation of the team, and he knew that I was totally happy with him, so no reason to lose any confidence.