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

Sheri Evans
September 16, 2017

The pressure on Everton manager Ronald Koeman has increased after Everton's 3-0 loss to Atalanta in Thursday night's Europa League fixture.

Signed from the Toffees for an initial £75million over the summer, the Belgium striker has netted six goals in as many games in a seamless start to life at United.

Mourinho believes that a legend's welcome should be on the cards for the Englishman, who is in line to feature despite his personal life coming into focus in recent weeks.

"I think Rom's a really nice guy, he's got his feet on the ground and he doesn't let anything faze him".

The hosts seem too short to me at [2.38], so I think we can happily support the visitors using Draw No Bet at [2.38].

"So lots of good players, a good team, a very hard match for us". Inspirational coach Gian Piero Gasperini admits his team aren't quite performing how he would like them to, but there is plenty of talent in the Atalanta line-up, and they are certainly capable of having another strong campaign.

"I asked myself what I am doing wrong, about the second half against Tottenham [a 3-0 defeat on Saturday] and the first half here". All of the dropped points came against top-six opponents (Chelsea, Spurs and Man United), games you could argue they wouldn't have been expected to win last season.

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Despite contrasting starts to this season, Mourinho and Old Trafford appear to bring out the best in Koeman which is why the blue half of Merseyside may well be travelling back along the East Lancs Road on Sunday evening with a smile on their face.

"He's obviously a legend for this club and for sure he's going to get the welcome that he deserves".

"He's a Everton player now and I'm not going to speak about Wayne more than I already have".

If Koeman wishes to stop the rot, he must play a more balanced side, and not leave the wings so exposed.

"After this press conference, I will have a meeting with the players".

Mourinho added: "He comes in the right moment, he's a good age, a good number of years of experience, clearly a player adapted to the Premier League with good friends already in this dressing room. You want to be involved in the team, but he knows the team is there for him when he needs us". But, like most seasons, I think you judge probably after about 10 games.

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