Man Utd, Mourinho denies he 'influenced' Lukaku swoop

Hope has sprung eternal that United could sustain their strong early season form, although Jose Mourinho has never beaten Ronald Koeman as a manager in five meetings between the two.

'Today we deserved more than we got, ' Koeman told Sky Sports. "The second goal went in, then game over".

Antonio Valencia handed the Reds the flawless start but there were some nervous moments until Henrikh Mkhitaryan added a second goal, shortly after Rooney was withdrawn to a warm ovation.

Player ratingsManchester United: David De Gea 6, Ashley Young 6, Phil Jones 6, Eric Bailly 6, Antonio Valencia 7, Nemanja Matic 7, Marouane Fellaini 6, Marcus Rashford 4, Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7, Juan Mata 7, Romelu Lukaku 7. Mourinho's side brushed aside the Swiss team on Tuesday night, with Romelu Lukaku scoring his fifth club goal of an increasingly productive season.

September 17, 2017 at 18:00, the final match of Sunday 5 round of the Premier League of England will be a match at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Everton.

The 31-year-old returned to his former ground with Everton in his first appearance against United, with whom he spent a successful 13 years, since re-joining his boyhood club in July.

And Ladbrokes have slashed the odds on Koeman getting the sack to just 15/8.

The summer brought a clutch of new players to club, including former Red Michael Keane, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, striker Sandro Ramirez, and Ajax midfielder Davvy Klaassen.

Meanwhile, Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw for the first time in nearly 20 months on Sunday when Arsenal produced the type of disciplined display lacking during recent setbacks to frustrate the Premier League champions.

"With Romelu we had enough fights about how he needs to press, how he needs to run, how he needs to move but in the box, with opportunities to score, he is one of the best".

"I am not happy (with) how we start the season, but please (be) a little bit realistic about Everton and that starts with everybody, fans, press". Yet Rooney wore the look of a man whose return to Old Trafford had felt like an ordeal and when he returned to the away dressing-room it was to ruminate on a defeat that leaves Everton in the relegation zone.

  • Julie Sanders