Koe­man warns Ever­ton over friends re-United

Sport360 - - Football Premier League - By Liam Black­burn @liamblack­burn ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com

Ron­ald Koe­man has warned Ever­ton’s play­ers their for­mer col­league Romelu Lukaku’s pur­ple patch will con­tinue if they do not im­prove de­fen­sively at Old Traf­ford.

Bel­gium for­ward Lukaku left Good­i­son Park for Manch­ester United this sum­mer in a £75 mil­lion (Dh374m) deal af­ter scor­ing 20-plus goals in each of his pre­vi­ous three sea­sons with the Tof­fees.

The 24-year-old al­ready has six in as many games for his new club and though Koe­man knows his de­fend­ers will be fully aware of the threat Lukaku car­ries, he stressed they must tighten up at the back or they will be un­done.

“I men­tioned sev­eral times last sea­son he’s a great fin­isher. I hope that we know how we have to de­fend against him,” said Koe­man.

“There are a lot of in­di­vid­ual qual­i­ties in the play­ers around him (at United). In the box he’s re­ally dan­ger­ous, he’s fast, he’s strong.

“If we de­fend how we’ve de­fended in the last few games then maybe it will be his af­ter­noon.”

Mean­while, even though United are play­ing with the killer in­stinct they lacked last sea­son, man­ager Jose Mour­inho still wants more goals.

“I am very pleased with the con­tri­bu­tion but I want more goals,” said Mour­inho, whose side are pre­par­ing to wel­come back Wayne Rooney to Old Traf­ford for the first time since his move to Ever­ton.

Red hot Rom: Lukaku.

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