Koeman on Jose: Mkhitaryan got a year; do my signings?

Date published: Monday 18th September 2017 10:15

Ronald Koeman was unhappy with Jose Mourinho’s pre-game comments before Everton’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester United.

Koeman was crowned our early loser after a horrid week reached another low with a crushing loss at Old Trafford.

Koeman felt his side were better than Thursday’s abject 3-0 Europa League loss at Atalanta and made life difficult for United, with summer signings Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson having their best chances.

Mourinho pointed at such high-profile acquisitions in his programme notes, saying Everton had spent over £140million during the summer and want “at least to secure a top four position this season”.

“Every manager in life has doubts,” under-pressure Koeman said. “There is no-one who has no doubts in life, in football as a manager.

“And if you don’t win and you have a big number of players in your squad and you have doubts about how you need to start, the system to play, but that’s normal.

“Of course, I ask myself the question, ‘why, why?’

“But, okay, if Mkhitaryan of United gets one year to adapt to the Premier League, we have eight new players. Maybe I give them also one year, one season to adapt to the Premier League.

“That was nice because I read the programme of United and my colleague [Mourinho] told about Everton ‘they spending £140million’, ‘they need to go for the top four’.

“Sorry, if there’s anybody in this room and outside who sees something realistic (about) what is possible for this Everton, please come on. Be realistic and let’s talk at the end of the season.

“I am not happy (with) how we start the season, but please (be) a little bit realistic about Everton and that starts with everybody, fans, press.

“We need time, but it’s difficult in football.”

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