Rooney reception leaves Mata proud of Manchester United fans

Ross Houston
September 19, 2017

Juan Mata has reacted to Wayne Rooney's return to Old Trafford during Manchester United's 4-0 win over Everton on Sunday.

It was that kind of afternoon for Everton who fell behind to an outrageous volley from United skipper Antonio Valencia from 25 yards.

Koeman was happier with Everton's performance even though they fell behind to Antonio Valencia's fourth minute wonder strike.

The Belgium global then added one himself, before Anthony Martial won a penalty and converted from 12 yards out.

The Toffees have failed to score a single goal in four consecutive matches, in all competitions, with the last goal coming in the 1-1 Europa League qualifying play-off draw against Hajduk Split, on August 24th.

Few would have expected Koeman's name to feature highly on the "managers at risk" list after the club's spending spree in the close season which saw players such as Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaassen and Michael Keane arrive for big fees.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has revealed that he will take a step back from transfer business during the January transfer period and leave that in the hands of the clubs director of football Steve Walsh.

The 31-year-old was greeted warmly by the home fans as he played his first game against the club since returning to Everton in July.

"The team keeps working very well and we're getting the reward that we deserve so far".

After making a promising start to Premier League, Everton have lost track in the recent games.

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Prior to the 4-0 loss away to United, Everton registered just four shots on target, having none against the reigning Premier League champions Chelsea. "I think here we got less".

He is pleased Mourinho's men capitalised with a win at home to open up a little gap between themselves and the other teams early in the season.

Rooney, who has scored both of the Toffees' league goals so far this season, looked the cleverer of the two centre-forwards, with Lukaku squandering a glaring first-half chance.

'I think what we want to see is them tested in big games and that was developing against Liverpool before the Sadio Mane red card, so, for now, they've only demonstrated they can dominate the lower teams'.

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