Jose Mourinho: 'Romelu Lukaku joined from Everton at ideal time'

Lukaku sends goal warning ahead of Everton reunion

It was Atalanta's first taste of European football for 26 years and they looked hungrier and more aggressive than the Toffees.

"It's now time that we showed this is really the wake-up call".

'I am anxious about what I saw yesterday. We can play bad football, we can miss chances, but the commitment and passion [Atalanta] showed in the first half was much bigger than us.

The manager ultimately accepted it was his fault for not preparing the team correctly for a tough away fixture in Italy. "I wasn't so anxious after Chelsea, it started with the reaction in the second half against Tottenham - that 45 minutes and the first 45 minutes on Thursday, I think there are enough reasons to be anxious".

"(But) he's an Everton player, he's one of the players who needs to react and to bring the level that we expect from players like Wayne".




"I think he comes [to United] in the right moment, [he is] a good age, a good number of years of experience in different clubs in the Premier League and clearly a player adapted to the Premier League with good friends already in this dressing room". They are young. You can find many more excuses, but I don't like that. "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".

The team will travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United at the weekend.

Their passion and industry was rewarded when they went ahead just before the half hour as Andrea Masiello tapped in from a couple of yards after a corner spun off Phil Jagielka and fell perfectly at his feet.

"We knew at the start of the season, with the Europa League and the Thursday nights and the games away at City and Chelsea". 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.

Goals have also been hard to come by for Ronald Koeman's side, who have scored just twice in the league this season, with Rooney netting both - the forward is price at 12/1 (13.0) to open the scoring or 4/1 (5.0) anytime. The betting company has placed him third likeliest to be sacked next behind West Ham's Slaven Bilic and Newcastle United's Rafael Benitz.

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