Published: Tue, September 19, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Mourinho blames tough fixtures for Everton woes

Mourinho blames tough fixtures for Everton woes

The defeat means Everton have lost their last three Premier League games, and sit in the bottom three having claimed just four points from five games in a surprisingly poor start to the campaign.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman reacted angrily to a jibe from Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho after his side's alarming run of form continued with an Old Trafford thrashing.

Rooney himself failed to make the most of a couple of chances on the rare occasions the visitors threatened David De Gea's goal.

While Young did a good job against Everton, Mourinho will be aware that come the Champions League and when faced with a greater threat than the one provided by the Toffees, there could be issues for the club.

Mata also paid tribute to former United team-mate Rooney, who returned to Old Trafford on Sunday for the first time since his move back to Everton in the summer.

And the player could be in line for more action in the coming weeks after Mourinho praised his impact when stepping off the bench during United's 4-0 victory over Everton on Sunday.

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Coupled with a Europa League group-stage opening defeat to Atalanta on Thursday, Everton have conceded 12 goals without reply in losing their last four games in all competitions.

After his side fell 4-0 at Manchester United today, Koeman said Mourinho's perception of what stakes the Merseyside club should be playing for are not realistic.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan made it 2-0 in the 82nd minute after a clever through ball from Lukaku put him through on the left side of the box, placing a right footed shot past Pickford. I wasn't so impressed by United.

"It is more hard when you are sleeping". So, it's even more hard and even more important. "A little bit of pressure because of the bad results but they came with pride and with quality and they started giving us some little difficulties".

"It's confidence of the players and of the team".

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