Monday, September 18, 2017

Everton defeat: Mourinho hails Man United’s performance



Jose Mourinho declared Manchester United’ s 4 -0 drubbing of Everton their best performance of the Premier League campaign so far on Sunday which proved a miserable return to the club for record goalscorer Wayne Rooney.

Rooney — who had a golden opportunity to score but saw his shot saved by David de Gea in the opening minute of the second -half — was upstaged by former Everton star Romelu Lukaku who scored and set up one for United as the hosts eased away in the final 10 minutes .

Victory sees United join Manchester City on top of the table on 13 points with exactly the same statistics in every regard but behind because of the alphabet .

“ I think the performance was very good , especially in the first 30 -35 minute , it was probably our best performance of the season , ” Mourinho told Sky Sports .

“ We pressed them and they did not have a chance to get out , they did not have a shot , it was very impressive.

“ After that, Everton’ s good players came out and showed their qualities. They gave us difficulty but I looked behind me on the bench and saw alternatives.

“ You have to kill the game and give them little chances. There was a moment were I felt we did not kill it so we have to make it solid with Ander Herrera . The second goal went in, then game over. ”

"Just a bit of banter'
Mourinho , who said he was surprised Anthony Martial took the penalty when Juan Mata was the designated penalty taker , said he felt for Everton who have lost their last four matches without scoring a goal .

“ Everton are going to be fine but they are living a difficult moment, ” said Mourinho.
“ The fixtures they have got , I would not like this all together at the same time. I would like one of the top five, but all of them , that is not fair for them. ”.

However , despite his consoling words pressure will grow on his Everton counterpart Ronald Koeman , who spent £ 152million in the close season but failed crucially to replace Lukaku up front ..

“ Sometimes you get more than you deserve , ” Koeman told Sky Sports .

“ We made a big mistake at 1 -0 and after that it was over. From what I saw today from the team it made me happy . More happy than Thursday (they lost to modest Serie A side Atalanta in the Europa League) .

“ We grew in the game and in confidence and not many teams will get two big chances like we got today . We didn’ t score the goal and after a personal mistake it was 2 -0. ”

Lukaku, who had been thought set to join champions Chelsea but decided to go to United for £75 million ($ 97 . 6 million, 82 . 5 million euros ) instead, said he had meant no disrespect to the Everton fans in cupping his hand to his ear when he scored .

“ I mean, it ’ s another goal and I’ m happy with the win , ” Lukaku tld Sky Sports .

“ It ’ s just a bit of banter , after the free -kick I missed. ”

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