Rival manager hits back at Jose Mourinho’s claim after Everton game


Everton boss Ronald Koeman has made a jibe at United manager Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese made a recommendation ahead of their fixture insisting that Everton should be aiming for at least a top-four finish after spending so much cash.

Ahead of the match, Mourinho made remarks on Koeman’s £140million summer spending on players and claimed that Manchester United were facing a group that should focus a top four this season.

Everton are at present in the bottom three in the league table as United gave them their third defeat in their opening five Premier League matches, after a 4-0 win because of goals from Antonio Valencia, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Lukaku and Anthony Martial.

However, after when asked about the remarks of the United manager Koeman recommended that the United boss was simply putting him under immense pressure and People should comment realistically. The Dutch managed also demanded patience from his supporters following the unimpressive form and took a swipe at United saying he was not awed by the Red Devils display despite losing the match 4-0.

He said: “I read the United programme and my colleague [Mourinho] said about Everton spending £140m and so they need to go for the top four.

“If there’s anybody in this room and outside and sees this as something realistic for us, please comment.

“Be realistic. I’m not happy how we started the season, but please be a bit realistic about Everton. We need time, but it’s difficult in football.”

Koeman had spent around £142.38m to get nine new players over the Summer including Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson, who were all in the matchday squad against United. The Merseyside side have now failed to score in their last four matches in all contentions but conceded 12 goals.

They will now meet two English sides in this week when they will face Sunderland in the Carabo Cup in midweek and Bournemouth at Epl in weekend both at Goodison Park and will be now hoping to back to winning ways which they last perceived on the opening day of league.