Man Utd, Mourinho denies he 'influenced' Lukaku swoop

Rooney will play in Everton’s match against Atalanta

Jose Mourinho has suggested that Romelu Lukaku will struggle to match Wayne Rooney's Manchester United achievements, because the Premier League has become a much more demanding competition.

Lukaku will cost the Red Devils another €15 million if he meets certain performance bonuses.

Unsurprisingly, the Belgian has been a hot topic of discussion in the build-up to the clash.

United's all-time top goalscorer Rooney will make his first return to Old Trafford since rejoining boyhood club Everton in the summer on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

Then all of sudden, Mourinho blindsided his former employers by agreeing a deal to sign Lukaku, right under the noses of Chelsea.

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"I just think that the second season is a good season for evolution in relation to the first season because in the first season you arrive and sometimes, like in my case, I was not even able to organise a pre-season because it had already been organised I couldn't have one single finger of influence on it".

"The way we play, the way we think football, the way the fans think, the empathy between the fans and the team, the confidence levels of the players, the footballing level I am happy with what we've done so far". What I like to see as well is the innovation. "But he arrived at the club with humility I think, a new style". We paid what Everton asked for. When you speak about economic power, it is not just to buy but to keep players and say, "No, we don't sell".

United have started in fantastic form in Mourinho's second season, now topping both the Premier League and UEFA Champions League Group A. The Reds have scored at least two goals in every game since the start of the league campaign.

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