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Saturday 16 September
Moyes stunned by Rooney
11:40: David Moyes was left shocked by how Wayne Rooney had changed when he took the Manchester United job in 2013.
“When he started out with us at Everton, he just wasn’t good at that [communicating],” Moyes told the Daily Mail.
“But when I arrived at Manchester United, I saw how that had changed. He went out of his way to prove to the outside world how much he had developed in that respect.”
Moyes also thought Rooney was able to digest orders far quicker than his first stint at Goodison Park.
“You told him something and he got it,” added.
“I’ve always very much wanted to be involved in coaching but what distinguished him was self-development.
“He’d seen so many situations that he knew how to adapt and improvise.”
Mourinho wants more goals
10:10: Manchester United are playing with the killer instinct they lacked last season but manager Jose Mourinho still wants more goals.
“I am very pleased with the contribution but I want more goals,” he said. “The way the team plays, they have to (score more goals).
“When a team doesn’t create a lot when a team doesn’t have the ball when a team is just reactive, it is more difficult for these players (in attacking positions).
“But when the team is in control and makes decisions in the direction of a game when the team is so offensive when the team puts so many people in attacking areas, I think they have to score goals.
“It’s not just about the striker.
“A striker is very important but last season we had a very good striker for two-thirds of the season and that was not enough to win the title, so it’s not just the striker.
Morata on Man Utd offer
07:30: Alvaro Morata has revealed Jose Mourinho made contact with him about a move to Manchester United this summer.
When asked if Mourinho had been in touch with him above about a move to United, Morata told the Daily Mail: “Yes. I had various offers this summer, not only Chelsea and Manchester United but also from different leagues.
“It was a good situation for me. The most important and best conversation I had was with Conte, he wanted me to come here.
“At the start of the summer, I didn’t know that Chelsea was interested in me. I thought they were in for a different player ….”
“Maybe Lukaku or maybe someone else, I don’t know. I didn’t think the option of Chelsea was open.”
Lukaku is better than Morata
06:15: Romelu Lukaku is better than Alvaro Morata, according to former Chelsea winger Graeme Le Saux.
“Alvaro Morata has shown in those two games [against Everton and Leicester], scoring in each,” he told Betfair.
“Chelsea were obviously in for Romelu Lukaku in the summer and missed out, but Morata is certainly doing enough to justify his transfer fee.
“At the moment you might say that Lukaku is the better striker, based on a number of goals scored, but Morata has huge potential.”
Rooney should celebrate if he scores
05:00: Wayne Rooney has every right to celebrate against Manchester United if he scores for Everton, according to Ryan Giggs.
Giggs told Sky Sports: “If you score a goal, you hear players talk about, you sort of lose yourself and I don’t think we should get away from that.
“Show respect, don’t go over the top, but if you score a goal then celebrate. I think fans recognize that.
“Knowing Wayne, I’m sure he’ll be nervous, but relishing the chance as well and he’ll want to score because that’s his job.
“He’ll get a great reception from the United fans because he was such a great player for United in such a successful era as well.
“I’m sure he’ll be looking forward to it and the United fans will be looking forward to seeing how he does as well, hoping he doesn’t score and Wayne the opposite, hoping he does score.”