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Sep 22

Everton sense chance to clear their heads after weeks of muddled thinking

Bournemouth are the visitors on Saturday, with Ronald Koeman’s side in improved spirits after the midweek League Cup win over Sunderland

There was a small victory for perseverance at Goodison Park on Wednesday when Oumar Niasse received a rousing reception from the home crowd and returned the compliment with a fine first goal for Everton. There was also no clearer indication of Ronald Koeman’s predicament or his club’s muddled transfer strategy than the chant of “Oumar, Oumar” that echoed around the old ground against Sunderland.

Everton added seven players to their senior squad this summer at a cost of almost £140m. Yet here was Koeman, having decided to withdraw the 20-year-old Dominic Calvert-Lewin, turning for the first time as Everton manager to a striker he told to find another club after 45 minutes of a pre-season friendly against Jablonec 14 months earlier.

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Sep 22

Everton v Bournemouth: match preview

Back-to-back wins over Brighton will have lifted Bournemouth’s mood before their visit to Merseyside and Ronald Koeman urgently needs the same following a desperate run of form that has left Everton third from bottom. A more youthful, balanced Everton side ended a run of four defeats with victory over Sunderland in the Carabao Cup in midweek but Koeman is likely to ring the changes again, having viewed last Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at Manchester United as a step forward. Andy Hunter

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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Sep 18

Wayne Rooney pleads guilty to drink-driving

Former England football captain gets two-year driving ban after pleading guilty to being almost three times over limit

Wayne Rooney has been banned from driving for two years after pleading guilty to being almost three times over the limit in what he described as a “terrible mistake”.

The former England captain, 31, has also been fined two weeks’ wages by his club, Everton, reported to amount to £300,000.

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Sep 17

Ronald Koeman tells José Mourinho to “get realistic” – video

In a fractious press conference after his Everton side lost 4-0 at Old Trafford, Ronald Koeman told José Mourinho to “get realistic”, in reference to comments the Manchester United boss made in his column in the match-day programme. Koeman also suggested that if he can’t get his team to win in the four home games they have before the next international break, he should be removed from his job

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Sep 17

Wayne Rooney loses out in battle of Manchester United’s past and present | Jamie Jackson

Wayne Rooney made his first return to Old Trafford since leaving and it was not a happy one as his replacement Romelu Lukaku overshadowed him

The heavens opened after only three minutes and so Wayne Rooney was being soaked as Antonio Valencia flashed home a sweet volley that gave Manchester United the lead moments later. This was not the way the club’s record goalscorer imagined his return.

Rooney last faced United at this venue on Boxing Day 2003 when Everton lost 3-2 against a Sir Alex Ferguson side that featured Tim Howard, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Bellion. While Rooney’s status then as Old Trafford’s golden boy was still in the future, this match might have been billed as United Past versus United Present. With Rooney donning Everton livery, the home crowd would see their 253-goal man line up against his replacement, Romelu Lukaku, whose six goals in six games was a dream start to his career after moving from Goodison Park. Rooney had scored in Everton’s first two Premier League games but nothing since.

Related: Wayne Rooney deserves a Ronaldo-style welcome at Old Trafford | Daniel Taylor

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Sep 17

Ronald Koeman frustrated by José Mourinho’s top-four comment

• Mourinho says Everton should be aiming for top-four finish
• Koeman tells Manchester United manager to ‘get realistic’

Ronald Koeman told José Mourinho to “get realistic” after the Manchester United manager claimed before his side’s 4-0 win that Everton should be aiming for a top-four finish “at least” having spent £140m in the summer transfer window.

Goals from Antonio Valencia on two minutes, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, on 83, Romelu Lukaku, on 89, and an Anthony Martial penalty in added time put United joint-top with Manchester City, both teams having 13 points and 16 goals with two conceded after five matches.

Related: Antonio Valencia screamer sets up Manchester United win over Everton

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Sep 17

Antonio Valencia screamer sets up Manchester United win over Everton

By the end, Wayne Rooney could probably be forgiven for wondering what kind of adventures he might be missing with his old team. He had heard his name sung and there was a little, polite wave of appreciation to the crowd. Yet Rooney wore the look of a man whose return to Old Trafford had felt like an ordeal and when he returned to the away dressing-room it was to ruminate on a defeat that leaves Everton in the relegation zone.

The irony is that it was certainly not the must fluent display from Manchester United during these early parts of the season. Indeed, for long spells in the second half they flirted with the idea of letting their opponents back into the match. Ultimately, though, it turned into another rout, their third 4-0 win of the new campaign, during those late exchanges when Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and the substitute Antony Martial, with a penalty, scored respectively in the 84th, 89th and 92nd minutes.

Related: Manchester United 4-0 Everton: Premier League – live!

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Sep 17

Manchester United 4-0 Everton: Premier League – as it happened

Manchester United overpower Everton thanks to Antonio Valencia and late strikes from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial

6.11pm BST

Related: Antonio Valencia screamer sets up Manchester United win over Everton

5.57pm BST

No happy return for Rooney, then. Perhaps it should have been – he had a couple of presentable chances and the one just after half-time, in particular, will be replaying in his head all evening. United pulled clear at the end, not for the first time this season, and deserved the win although never by that margin. Everton were decent in the second half: they might wonder how a more proactive attitude from the start could have helped them.

United go joint-top, with an *identical* record to Man City. Everton are a deeply unsatisfactory 18th. Do we have the Mourinho-Guardiola battle this season that we were falsely promised before 2016/17? I’ll leave you with that question, and doubtless many others. Bye!

5.50pm BST

An odd game, and never a 4-0, but that’s your lot!

5.49pm BST

Well this has all escalated. Dispatched smoothly to Pickford’s right.

5.48pm BST

Martial runs through, looks set to score, but Schneiderlin handles the ball away from him. Martial to take and …

5.48pm BST

90+1 min: Sandro forces a smart save from De Gea but then …

5.48pm BST

Well that is a little unfortunate for Everton, and namely those fans who jeer mockingly when Lukaku’s tame free-kick cannons off the wall. The problem is that the ball stays alive and is quickly returned with interest from the left hand side, deflecting off a couple of people and sitting up just nicely for Lukaku to convert at the back stick. Oops. His celebration is vigorous.

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89 min: Lukaku apparently gave the Everton fans a bit of the old “hush” when the second goal went in. Endearing. He might fancy one of his own now as United win a free-kick on the edge of the area that’s perfect for a left-footer …

5.44pm BST

87 min: Schneiderlin looks for Baines but the pass is 15 yards ahead of him. Mkhitaryan now gets his moment of applause, replaced by Martial.

5.42pm BST

86 min: Hard on Everton after this second half, but they just haven’t taken their chances – Rooney in particular – and have tended to dally at the back. They’ve been punished for both.

5.41pm BST

That’s that, and Everton have had a few of these in them. Williams fudges a pass 10 yards outside his own area, Fellaini diverts it to Lukaku, the striker brings it forward and then does really well, seeing Mkhitaryan to his left and passing unselfishly. The finish is low and clinical. Everton did that to themselves, and that particular mistake had perhaps been coming.

5.39pm BST

82 min: Williams only just manages to smuggle another Mkhitaryan cross away. Bailly is then booked for a foul on halfway and … now Rooney is taken off during the stoppage, to brief chants of “Rooney, Rooney”. So we won’t get the fairytale. We will get Kevin Mirallas, though.

5.36pm BST

80 min: United have got better. Do Everton have a big last 10/12/14 in them?

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78 min: Lingard almost gets a touch on a Mkhitaryan ball but retrieves possession and squeezes a shot to Pickford. Was he pulled back in the process? Quite possibly, but no penalty is given and perhaps he was “almost too honest” in carrying on and trying to score despite the impediment.

5.33pm BST

77 min: Matic is given an invitation to shoot from distance, first by the crowd and then by Everton’s reluctance to close. It fizzes a metre wide. Subs for both now: Calvert-Lewin replaces Gueye in an attacking move for Everton, and Herrera takes Mata’s spot for United.

5.31pm BST

74 min: Rooney and Baines combine before Sandro sees a shot blocked from 18 yards. United break and Lingard, lively since coming on, has an effort of his own deflected not far over.

5.29pm BST

72 min: You sense there’s another goal in this game, at one end or the other. Martina tries to make sure it doesn’t go to United, tripping Lingard unnecessarily and earning a yellow.

5.27pm BST

70 min: Lingard could seal it for United, after Young does well to get to the left byline and cuts back to the near post. It’s on his left foot though and, under pressure from Williams, he skies it.

5.25pm BST

68 min: This half is surely the best Everton have played all season. Rooney feeds Sigurdsson on the left and he looks to check and bend a right-footed cross in; he gets it all wrong, though, and it sails out.

5.22pm BST

66 min: Sandro comes on for Everton now, in place of Davies, who has played well.

5.21pm BST

64 min: Pickford almost undoes all of Everton’s better work with a terrible ball out from the back that lands straight at Mata, who dallies a little and is bundled over by Williams right on the edge of the box. Yellow card. Free kick. Thudded onto the near post by Mata’s left foot! That would have won it for them!

5.19pm BST

61 min: De Gea saves United again! A stray Jones header is latched onto by Sigurdsson and, with Rooney also lurking, he stretches to shoot from the corner of the six yard box. It’s repelled by the goalkeeper’s body. But Everton have, bar Lukaku’s chance earlier, probably had better opportunities than United now.

5.17pm BST

61 min: I was right, just this time – Rashford, not great today, goes off.

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60 min: We are about to see Jesse Lingard. I’d remove Rashford, but then hooking Mata would add extra speed on the break.

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58 min: There’s just no real speed to United’s play. Everton, nicely compact, have had some influence on that and you’d have to say Pogba is missed too. But the likes of Mkhitaryan and Rashford haven’t done enough here, for me.

5.13pm BST

57 min: This is, actually, probably the least impressive I’ve seen from United so far this season. Everton can sense similar and look a lot more assertive now. Can they create enough chances though?

5.11pm BST

54 min: Better from United now as a Mata delivery swings over Jagielka’s head. That means Lukaku has room in front of goal, but his chest control is heavy and the ball pops up, meaning the resulting volley is awkward and spooned high.

5.08pm BST

51 min: Gueye is caught on the ball by Fellaini, who feeds Mkhitaryan. The Armenian finds Rashford in turn, but he checks inside from the left and curls well wide. Not great. United still yet to come out after half-time.

5.07pm BST

50 min: Rooney is at it again, almost rounding Bailly on the edge of the area, but Jones is across in the nick of time. United having a few nervous moments at the hands of their returning legend.

5.05pm BST

49 min: That was such a good opportunity for Rooney. Everton should be level. United haven’t really begun the second period yet.

5.04pm BST

46 min: Rooney has an even better chance! What a start to the half that would have been! He exchanges passes with Davies, sashays into the right of the area, and seems to have been crowded out – but he bundles through and, at an angle, has only De Gea to beat! But his left-footed shot is too close to his former team-mate and the save is made. Should have scored!

5.02pm BST

Can Everton and Rooney turn this around?

4.57pm BST

“Ronald Koeman said his team has to be more aggressive, Everton signs Angry Birds as sleeve sponsor,” Sibi Titus and a number of others point out.

4.54pm BST

@NickAmes82 How many sleeve corrections is Jagielka away from being labeled “Angry Birds Captain” to “Angry Captain”?

4.53pm BST

Valencia shinned his goal, by the way. But who cares?

4.51pm BST

A bit more pizazz going forward and Everton could yet trouble United. They were set up so cautiously at the start though – and this was supposed to be the season where they went toe to toe with the top six …

4.46pm BST

Not a great half, although we did see a great goal from Valencia. Lukaku should have made it two for United but Everton, awful for 20 minutes, did get better and Rooney missed a reasonable opportunity to write the headlines. You feel United can and should step this up and win in comfort; for now, they’ll have to be vigilant and make sure Martina, Everton’s biggest threat, gets a little less space down the right.

4.44pm BST

44 min: Jagielka chooses to leave a harmless dinked ball by Mata for Pickford, who is distinctly surprised and fumbles. For a split second Lukaku might pounce, but the goalkeeper recovers. When pressed, Everton to not look secure.

4.42pm BST

42 min: Some real seat-of-the-pants defending by Everton now, passing the ball up towards halfway without ever really having it under control. They’ll be happy to hear the whistle.

4.40pm BST

41 min: Rashford shanks a poor, flat cross beyond everybody. He’s blown hot and cold so far.

4.39pm BST

39 min: It could have come there, Lukaku running clear again after a give-and-go with Rashford before Jagielka slides in superbly as the trigger is pulled. United win one corner, and then a second that loops around and causes some bother, but Everton just about survive again.

4.37pm BST

38 min: Williams has to make another crucial challenge as the last man to prevent Mkhitaryan from breaking. You do feel a second United goal would finish this, but until then Everton are certainly keeping them honest.

4.36pm BST

37 min: Everton have, to be fair, improved massively since that first 15 or 20 minutes. Still a lack of real pace and zest though.

4.35pm BST

35 min: Pickford slides in adeptly to *just* beat Rashford to the ball and, also, avoid handling it outside the area. It was a beautiful pass by, I think, Mkhitaryan that set him scurrying away.

4.33pm BST

34 min: A scrappy phase, now. You’d have say that United haven’t turned the screw as they could have. What is Sir Alex, shown sitting next to Mick Hucknall in the directors’ box, thinking?

4.31pm BST

31 min: A smooth Everton move ends up at Martina’s feet again, but he crosses poorly into Matic with players waiting. He gets another chance to overlap moments later but is adjudged to have pulled Young back.

4.29pm BST

29 min: Davies dives onto a Martina cross and De Gea saves with his legs from point-blank range … but Davies was offside anyway. That right side is providing them with some joy.

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28 min: That might yet prove crucial. Awful error by Keane just as Everton were getting a reasonable foothold – but he was let off!

4.27pm BST

26 min: What a miss from Lukaku! Keane plays a disastrous square pass in his own half that totally wrong-foots Schneiderlin. Lukaku seizes the ball, surges into the box, commits Williams and has most of the goal to aim at from about 10 yards. He slots it past Pickford, but also wide of the post!

4.24pm BST

24 min: It’s a bit more open now. United might like to create another opportunity or two, although they now win a free kick when Williams goes in late on Lukaku. It’s just too far out for a crack at goal and Mata’s delivery is cleared with ease by Keane.

4.21pm BST

21 min: Lukaku flashes a ball across the box from the left, and then can’t reach a Mata cross from the other side. Then Everton break and Rooney has a chance! Martina, a good outlet down that right side, cuts one back towards the edge of the area, and Rooney, taking it first-time on the run, cuts it just past a diving De Gea’s right post! Might have done better!

4.19pm BST

19 min: Lukaku goes on his first real run and touches it forward to Rashford, breaking on the right of the area. Williams has to get his tackle spot on, or it’s a penalty – and to give him credit, he does.

4.17pm BST

18 min: United, still overwhelmingly in control if not exactly creating chance after chance, are playing the ball around with some comfort. They’re not being pressed with much ferocity.

4.15pm BST

15 min: A lovely Rooney touch frees Davies with Martina in a great position on the overlap ahead of him, but the pass is poor. Everton have at least perked up a touch. They then win a free-kick midway inside the United half, which Sigurdsson whips in. Rooney fouls De Gea, though.

4.13pm BST

13 min: Everton do construct an attack now and Martina delivers well from the right, but Jones gets up to flick the ball away before Rooney – the only player in proximity – can attack it.

4.12pm BST

12 min: Rooney tries to do something, looking to spread wide for Martina just beyond halfway, but Young is in to intercept and bring the ball forward. There are one or two jeers.

4.10pm BST

11 min: Mata picks out Young on the left byline but he drills high and beyond the far post. Everton have literally not been in the United half yet. Literally.

4.09pm BST

9 min: Back to my earlier point, it kind of helps relieve pressure if you field a striker …

4.08pm BST

8 min: United have really stepped the tempo up now, knowing that a second would be very hard to come back from. A couple of skirmishes in the box lead to a panicky Pickford clearance. Everton are still camped so deep and really can’t get out.

4.06pm BST

6 min: Quite glad of that, as Everton had come here to dig in and can’t really do that now. That was a once-a-season strike from Valencia, and came from absolutely nothing.

4.05pm BST

Errrr, nothing slow about that! Matic whips the ball from the left side across the edge of the box, left-footed, with most of the Everton team incredibly deep inside their own area. Valencia, lurking just beyond the corner of the area, takes the ball after it bounces and absolutely thrashes it plum into the far top corner! An absolutely brilliant strike – and what a start for United!

4.03pm BST

3 min: It is raining hard at Old Trafford. There’s no torrent of attacking movement so far though. It’s been fairly slow United buildup.

4.01pm BST

1 min: A couple of nice economical early touches from Rooney. That’s a takeaway from the opening minute. The crowd aren’t lingering on him though, it’s strictly business now.

4.00pm BST

Lukaku kicks off for United, who go right to left.

3.59pm BST

I mean, I look at the Everton team here and – with the best will to the player Rooney is these days, which is still a fine one – there really isn’t a proper striker. Not really.

3.57pm BST

The teams are walking out, I’ve already seen at least one Rooney banner in the home end – the reception looks to be a very warm one.

3.56pm BST

Wayne Rooney has scored 9.7% of Man Utd’s PL goals at Old Trafford. He must be tempted to slot in some hot own goals today to reach that 10%

Statistic.

3.53pm BST

Michael Cosgrove asks: “So, it’s Rooney’s return to Old Trafford. Will he be welcomed onto the pitch by generous applause reserved for former heroes or the bitter boos that are reserved for traitors?”

I mean, that’s the question isn’t it. Looks like being the former though (as it should be … read Danny Taylor’s excellent piece for more on that).

3.49pm BST

Interesting, too, how Mourinho – speaking now – refers to Everton’s “five at the back”. He’s done that before, he doesn’t think three at the back is really a thing. I know what he means; in most cases it’s a hedging of bets at very best.

3.48pm BST

Koeman on a switch to three at the back: “We know how to play this system, we had a good result away at City and we did it several times last season. I think we need a bit more of a compact team and in the last few teams we lost a little bit our strength.”

3.42pm BST

Rooney on a nice reception when he bowled up earlier: “Of course it was nice but I’m here to try and get a result for Everton, it’s a big game for us and important to try and get something. It’s going to be strange but I’m here with Everton and trying to get a result, obviously I’m with Everton and trying to win. It’s a game of football, 90 minutes on the pitch, everything will be going into trying to get a result for us.”

Reading between the lines, I’d say he’s here with Everton and wants to try and win the game.

3.41pm BST

So, Everton fans, what’s gone wrong lately? Without Lukaku and, of course, Barkley there just seems little drive and flair. Not enough pace, not enough vim. How big a failure was it not to snare a striker?

3.29pm BST

Another thing Rooney did as an Everton player at Old Trafford – a matter of weeks before it all kicked off with that goal against Arsenal:

3.24pm BST

Ok, so Chelsea v Arsenal finished goalless and wasn’t great. Here’s some better warm-up material for you. What did Wayne Rooney do the last time he played at Old Trafford as a visiting player?

3.12pm BST

Hang on, no, I can’t let this go:

| A first look at our sleeve sponsor, @AngryBirds, as part of our new partnership with @rovio#RedIsABlue pic.twitter.com/bgLg74ov6W

3.07pm BST

Let me know what you think of those teams – email and Twitter addresses are appended. I’ll talk to you more when Chelsea-Arsenal, currently finely balanced at 0-0, is finished. You can keep up with that here:

Related: Chelsea v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

3.01pm BST

Man Utd: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Young, Fellaini, Matic, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku. Subs: Martial,
Smalling, Lingard, Carrick, Romero, Herrera, Darmian.

Everton: Pickford, Keane, Jagielka, Williams, Martina, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Baines, Davies, Sigurdsson, Rooney. Subs: Sandro, Mirallas, Klaassen, Besic, Stekelenburg, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate.

2.49pm BST

Wayne’s World. Fountains of Wayne. Wayne Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. However you like your Wayne, there’s something for you today – are you an Evertonian, outraged by his departure all those years ago, who has clutched him firmly back to your bosom this time around? Perhaps you’re a United fan who, despite his slow fade over his final couple of seasons, believes he can do no wrong? Perhaps you’re somebody who takes a little from columns A, B and all the others, admiring the good and the bad from a brilliant if complex career that still have a fair few turns left in it.

The latest one, his return to Old Trafford, would have been billed a month or so back as the potential storming of the citadel by a vibrant, new-look Everton lineup led heroically by the man of the moment. Everton started the season reasonably well, Rooney scoring the obvious winner on his league re-debut, but it’s not gone remotely to plan since. A 1-1 draw at Man City – Rooney again – look a better result by the week but everything since has, let’s be honest, been turgid. They were virtually invisible against Chelsea and Tottenham; they were execrable at Atalanta on Thursday night and more of the same would see them take a hiding this afternoon.

10.36am BST

Nick will be here shortly.

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Sep 15

Ronald Koeman calls crisis meeting at Everton after third successive defeat

• Everton manager demands senior players ‘stand up’ after poor run
• Everton have lost their past three games, including the 3-0 defeat to Atalanta

Ronald Koeman has held a crisis meeting with senior players at Everton after admitting he is worried by the weakness, doubts and loss of defensive organisation in his team.

Everton spent almost £150m in the summer transfer market yet “are not at the level of last season”, according to their manager, who was scathing in his condemnation of the Europa League defeat at Atalanta on Thursday. The woeful performance came after Koeman had demanded a reaction to the 3-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday, and the manner of the third consecutive loss prompted clear-the-air talks with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Phil Jagielka at Finch Farm on Friday.

Related: Everton’s misery continues with Europa League defeat against Atalanta

Related: Wayne Rooney deserves legend’s welcome at United, says José Mourinho

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/sep/15/everton-ronald-koeman-crisis-meeting-wayne-rooney

Sep 14

Everton’s misery continues with Europa League defeat against Atalanta

Everton produced another hugely disappointing display as they were soundly beaten for the third successive game, this time Atalanta inflicting the damage in their Europa League Group E opener in Reggio Emilia.

Ronald Koeman’s misfiring team went into the match having endured a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea and lost 3-0 at home against Tottenham Hotspur. Koeman, the Everton manager, had warned they would “need to react” in Italy after that last performance.

Related: Arsenal v Cologne delayed for crowd safety reasons: Europa League – live!

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/sep/14/atalanta-everton-europa-league-match-report

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