Wayne Rooney deserves legend's welcome at United, says José Mourinho

The 24-year-old has already netted six goals in as many games in all competitions this season and has been a key player behind Manchester United's good start to the campaign.

During Friday's news conference, Koeman was also asked whether expectations were too high after Everton spent more than £130m during this summer's transfer window.

'A young talent of 18 or 19? Ok. One of our strengths last season was that we had good defensive organisation and now we have lost our strength.

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.

"[Atalanta] showed more aggression, they showed more passion". But of course, yesterday night I was really disappointed in the way we lost in the first 45 minutes.

Everton fans were obviously not happy with what they saw from their side, with many taking to Twitter to slate numerous players on the field.

Wayne Rooney should receive the welcome he deserves as a "Manchester United legend" when making a first return with Everton on Sunday, according to José Mourinho.

This came down to preparation, according to the Atalanta manager, who said: "There was a lot of expectation on us, and we showed we could play with everyone".

"But once again it is not the time and the place to criticise the players". If we are defending how we defend in the last few games it will be his afternoon'.

French side Lyon were held 1-1 in Cyprus by Apollon Limassol in the other Group E game.

Stealing the show instead was Papu Gomez, whose curling effort for Atalanta's second goal gets all the headlines, stepping up when his team needed him the most after their return to European football.

'It's not now the frustration because you can not do anything at this time, ' said Koeman, who also wanted to try to bring Diego Costa to the club on loan.

Put simply, Everton is too easy to defend against.

"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".

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