17 September 2017
There will be plenty of reunions at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon in the final Premier League game of the weekend.
Wayne Rooney is the headline returnee, and Manchester United’s all-time record top goal scorer is expected to be in Everton’s starting line-up.
Besides Rooney, two Manchester United players will perform against their former club, Everton.
Both Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini were successes at Everton and it would be no surprise to see one or both do damage for Manchester United today.
Romelu Lukaku’s form for Manchester United has been so good, since he signed from Everton that it is easy to forget how he came so close to joining Chelsea.
For much of the early part of the summer, it looked like Manchester United would sign Alvaro Morata.
Whilst Chelsea were the favourites to bring in Lukaku, who had previously been sold by the Blues when Jose Mourinho was in charge.
Ahead of Everton’s visit in a couple of hours, Jose Mourinho has explained to the Daily Telegraph just how easy it was to sign Lukaku from under the noses of Chelsea.
Mourinho: “I don’t think it was my influence, no. I think we paid the money that Everton asked for and we paid the player the wages that his agent asked for and we paid the agents the commission that they asked for.”
The Special One continued: “I think that was the way. I don’t see another reason. We paid what Everton asked for. The seller club is the club that decides the amount the buying club pays or doesn’t pay. With Romelu my club decided to pay and they got him.”
Manchester United paid Everton 75 million pounds for Lukaku and another 15 million pounds will arrive in incentives.
You barely have to read between the lines above to realise that Manchester United’s relationship with super-agent, Mino Raiola, is paying dividends.
Almost all of Manchester United’s major signings in the Jose Mourinho era have been Raiola clients, including Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku.