Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Mourinho: It was easy to let Rooney leave

Mourinho: It was easy to let Rooney leave

Sitting top of the Premier League table after four fixtures and with a Champions League victory under their belts, it has been a strong start to the season for Jose Mourinho's Manchester United.

The Goodison Park side know all about the Belgium forward's threat after he scored 20-plus goals in each of his previous three seasons with the Toffees before his move to Old Trafford this summer.

"I don't know", said Mourinho when asked how long Pogba would be out for ahead of the Everton game.

"I think Romelu comes in the right moment, at a good age, with a good number of years of experience in different clubs in the Premier League". Romelu Lukaku, who has scored four league goals this season, will be leading United's lines against his former club.

Wayne Rooney's 13-year service for the Red Devils has made him a household name at Manchester United. At the club he won five Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Europa League, the FA Cup and three League Cups, and was voted the 2010 PFA and Football Writers' player of the year. Yet asked if Rooney, who is now first-choice under Ronald Koeman, has benefited from the transfer Mourinho would not be drawn. He impressed; scoring one and assisting another and ensuring that this weekend's game against former club Everton could see him in the starting line-up. "And when they're a legend they deserve that freedom of choice".

"We have players and we have players waiting for an opportunity", he said.

France global Pogba was rather underwhelming on his return to Old Trafford last season and many were questioning the £90million the club spent on signing him from Italian champions Juventus. And I can name more players who are not performing and that are struggling.

"[Ander] Herrera, [Marouane] Fellaini, [Michael] Carrick are waiting for a real chance to start the matches and they are ready so this is also our way of thinking". Even Roberto Martinez at Belgium has given Fellaini a platform on the global stage having once questioned whether or not he'd be suitable for his kind of football at Everton.

Luke Shaw is back from foot ligament damage and bolsters full-back options, but Marcos Rojo still faces time on the sidelines alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic despite being pictured in first-team training.

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