Man Utd midfielder Lingard: Humble Lukaku will be calm facing Everton

Man Utd midfielder Lingard: Humble Lukaku will be calm facing Everton

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard insists that Romelu Lukaku will not be fazed by the prospect of facing former club Everton for the first time since his move.

The former England captain was only 18 when he arrived at United from Everton for £25.6m in August 2004, and Mourinho does not believe Lukaku will have the time to match Rooney's achievements.

The 24-year-old already has six goals in as many games for his new club, while Everton have not won domestically since the opening day of the Premier League season, with a 3-0 defeat to Atalanta in the Europa League preceded by a 3-0 loss to Tottenham and a 2-0 reverse at Chelsea.

"When I come back to play football on the field I will be better than before, I am not coming back because I am the one I am, I am coming back to be a better version of the old one".

The United manager is insistent that his team's success or failure will not depend exclusively on the form of their main striker, pointing out that they only finished sixth in the Premier League last season despite the contribution of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored 28 goals in all competitions.

The Portuguese manager once again expressed his view that Rooney, United's all-time record goalscorer, should be regarded as a United legend, but immediately stressed that he is an Everton player now who will want to beat them on Sunday, as reported by the Guardian.

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"It's not just about the striker", Mourinho said. "He's one of the best strikers".

"So it's not just the striker".

"No - I want to feel the same pressure I had before because everything happened".

The 22-year-old has been plagued by injury since joining the Red Devils and he is yet to feature for United since suffering an ankle injury against Swansea towards the end of last season in April, although, he has been playing with the U-23s for the past few weeks in other to aid his recovery. I think the stadium will show him the respect he deserves.

Mourinho refused to enter into any debate as to how Lukaku and Ibrahimovic compare.

"In the end, I came to the decision of joining Everton and I am thankful I did that because it is going to be the best thing for me in the long run". I think it's very stupid to compare the incomparable. When players are so different, there is no point in comparing.

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