Romelu Lukaku will struggle to beat Wayne Rooney's record, says Jose Mourinho

Muriel Hammond
September 17, 2017

I thought I would get a lot of game time here, more than I possibly would at Manchester United, and that was a massive factor in my decision.

The 24-year-old was also prolific for Everton, becoming the club's highest-ever Premier League goalscorer before his exit, and Lingard has backed the Belgian to continue his good form despite facing the Toffees.

In fact, going by Mourinho's rationale - the total goals scored - it was actually much more hard.

The Everton star's off-field problems have been well-documented in recent weeks, and it's fair to say he's only at Goodison Park at all because he had gradually fallen out of Jose Mourinho's plans.

Lukaku scored 87 goals in 166 appearances across all competitions for Everton.

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"But I think he also deserves credit for that because of the way he plays, the way he is committed, what he does with and without the ball, not just the last touch and the goal but his overall contribution".

"He has nothing to prove, of course not".

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.

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"Show respect, don't go over the top, but if you score a goal then celebrate".

"I have the experience - we had a bad run last season, I had a bad run with Southampton, we came out of those", he stressed.

"He [Lukaku] is playing well, the team is playing well and there is a good understanding between them", he said.

United boss Jose Mourinho intends to bring the pair back in central defence on Sunday.

Luke Shaw, on the other hand, is fully recovered from his injury and is available for selection if the manager wants him.

When speaking about the game, Mourinho acknowledged that Sunday's match will be a highly competitive game, as it usually is when the two sides meet.

Mourinho was also on hand to spout platitudes aplenty, making the frankly audacious claim that "Everton have lots of good players, they're a good team and it will be a very hard match for us".

Both games ended 1-1 in the same fixture last season. United have the upper hand with 85 wins, while Everton have emerged victorious 69 times with 43 draws between the teams. Koeman has added some very good players, but adding proper replacement of Lukaku can been seen as a failure.

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