Nowhere Man - Wayne Rooney and Everton criticised by Italian media 'Beatles silenced'

Beth Cruz
September 16, 2017

Everton's Wayne Rooney looks dejected after Atalanta's Alejandro Gomez scores their second goal in Europa League encounter on September 14, 2017.

Mourinho expects the Old Trafford faithful to show the 31-year-old the appreciation he deserves, but the United boss hopes supporters put that welcome on hold during the match.

Thursday night however sees Everton return to European football after a 2 season absense and it's a welcome break from the hectic Premier League start we've had.

Atalanta will present a tough test for Koeman's side despite their indifferent start to the campaign.

But in Lukaku, United has a player who can remind Everton of exactly what they are missing.

"I'm anxious. I'm anxious after what I saw yesterday", the Dutch manager explained during Everton's press conference which was steamed live on the club's Facebook page.

"I think you've seen previous year what he's capable of and what he did for Everton - he scored a lot of goals - and now he's carrying that form on which is great for us", he said.

Jose Mourinho has hailed the early impact made by Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United ahead of the striker's reunion with his former Everton teammates this weekend.

"But now other players have to stand up and we have the squad and the players to do that".

Sandro Ramirez and Rooney were forwards signed by Koeman in the offseason but neither player is in the mold of Lukaku, a powerful target man who stretches defenses with his pace.

Everton must regroup as they visit Premier League leaders Manchester United in the league on Sunday.

"They showed more passion and that's really painful because in my opinion it starts with that and then you need quality on the ball". "As soon as we knew that Rom would be on his way - and Ross [Barkley] has also not figured this season, so we have lost a few goals - we had to spread goals around the team and it's all about everyone else now".

"He's come in the right moment of his career". "We have players waiting for an opportunity", he said. The former Manchester United defender faced his fair share of world-class strikers and often came out on top in those duels so may know a thing or two about what it takes to lead the line for one of the best in Europe.

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