Koeman: Wayne Rooney Is Welcome At Everton

Wayne Rooney, Everton, Ronald KoemanEverton Manager, Ronald Koeman, has opened the door for Wayne Rooney to return to Goodison Park.

The 31-year-old has been linked with a move back to his boyhood club, having struggled to hold down a regular place under Jose Mourinho.

Despite confirming his intention to stay at Old Trafford, his long-term future remains in doubt.

Koeman, however, said he is ready to make a move in the summer should he become available and interested.

He is convinced Rooney can still play at the highest level for two or three years and believes the Manchester United skipper would make Everton a stronger side if he joins the club.

Everton Shock Manchester City 4-0 In League Match

Everton, Manchester City, League MatchEverton on Sunday stunned Manchester City 4-0 in a Premier League match at the Goodison Park.

The Black Watch took the lead in the 34th minute when Romelu Lukaku netted a brilliant goal with Kevin Mirallas’ assist.

Mirallas doubled the score as he also utilised Ross Barkley’s cross while the hosts maintained the lead till the half time whistle was blown.

The resilience of Ronald Koeman’s men earned them a third goal with Tom Davies’ fascinating shot 11 minutes to the end of the match.

Pep Guardiola seemed disappointed with his players as all efforts to get a consolation proved abortive, while new signing Ademola Lookman netted the fourth for Everton.

Manchester United have slipped to fifth position on the Premier League table with 42 points while Everton maintained their seventh place with 30 points.

Everton Were Impressed By Lookman’s Qualities, Says Koeman

Ademola Lookman, Everton, Ronald KoemanRonald Koeman has revealed that the exceptional qualities possessed by Ademola Lookman were the reasons Everton signed the English forward.

The Dutchman said that the 19-year-old’s versatility across the forward line was a key reason why he was so intent on recruiting him from Charlton Athletic.

He described Lookman as a player who knew what the club wanted and who believed they can make progress as soon as possible.

“First of all, we have been really impressed with his (Lookman) qualities. We will see what happens but he will be involved with the first team because we need to see how his qualities compare to our first-team players.

“He can play from the left side, he can play out of the right wing position (and) he can play like a second striker. He is fast and his movement is very dangerous. He is a player who scores goals.

“I spoke to the boy and he knows what we want, how he needs to train and play, and his behaviour. He’s only 19 and we know it’s difficult for young players to come into the first team at the level of the Premier League, but he’s the type who we believe can make the step as soon as possible,” Koeman told evertontv.

Lookman’s switch on Thursday afternoon was Everton’s first business in the 2017 winter transfer window.

He arrived at Goodison Park on a four-and-a-half-year deal, having scored 12 goals in 49 appearances for Charlton, where he had risen through their academy to first-team stardom.

Mane’s Late Strike Earns Liverpool Derby Win

sadio-maneSadio Mane struck a stoppage-time goal to claim victory for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday night.

In a frenetic first half at Goodison Park, dominated by an industrious home side, Ramires Funes Mori had the best chance, steering a free header wide from an Everton corner.

After the break Liverpool went into the ascendancy, with Roberto Firmino denied when through on goal by Maarten Stekelenburg, who later went off injured.

Funes Mori had another headed chance but directed it straight at Simon Mignolet, while Stekelenburg’s replacement, Joel Robles, saved well from Firmino’s late volley.

The winner came in the fourth minute of stoppage time when Mane reacted fastest to Daniel Sturridge’s shot hitting a post.

The result moves Liverpool to second, six points behind Chelsea while Everton are ninth.

Everton manager, Ronald Koeman told BBC Sport: “We are really disappointed to concede in extra time. The eight minutes killed us.

“We have to wait to see about Maarten Stekelenburg’s injury – we will know more tomorrow – and James McCarthy has a hamstring injury.

“I know exactly how fast Sadio Mane is, he reacted so well. We did not deserve to concede this goal.

“Maybe Ross Barkley was lucky, it was a hard tackle.”

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp told BBC Sport: “I don’t agree it was a poor first half. Maybe not the best football – you have to adapt to Everton’s wild game. A game like this you have to interrupt their rhythm with passing.

“In the second half it was clear they couldn’t do the same. We were better, we didn’t give one chance away I think.

“The goal was not the hardest shot from Sturridge, but hard enough. It was a wonderful feeling.

“I don’t like the flares too much. I’m a little bit scared about this. It was a long, long stoppage time. We gave them no chance.”

Everton Pick Interest In United’s Morgan Schneiderlin

Morgan SchneiderlinEnglish side, Everton have revealed their interest in signing Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.

Schneiderlin signed for the Red Devils in July 2015 for £25 million and would be reunited with former Southampton manager Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park.

Although there is no agreement over a deal yet, there has been contact between the two clubs.

Coach Jose Mourinho would sanction any deal for the Frenchman, even though he is not part of his long-term plans.

Schneiderlin, 27, has played 11 minutes of Premier League football this season and is yet to be included in Manchester United squad for Wednesday match against Crystal Palace.

Van Gaal Admits Sack Fears

Van GaalManchester United Manager, Louis Van Gaal, says that his position is under scrutiny after his side’s 2-1 defeat at home to Norwich City on Saturday.

Speaking in his post-match presser, Van Gaal admitted that he is under pressure because of the recent poor run of form.

He, however, insists that a change in management will not bring immediate success, before urging the club’s hierarchy to back him for the rest of the season.

United have lost their last three matches in all competitions and are winless in their last 6 games.

Manchester United were booed off by their own fans as Norwich earned a shock 2-1 victory at Old Trafford.

English Premier League Results

In other English Premier League matches played on Saturday, Newcastle played a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in St. James Park, while goals from Branislav Ivanovic, Pedro Rodriquez and Brazilian midfielder, Oscar gave Chelsea a 3-1 victory over Sunderland in front of new boss, Guus Hiddink.

Leicester City ensured they will be top of the table at Christmas by beating Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park.

Harry Kane scored on his 100th Tottenham appearance as they moved into the top four with a 2-0 victory at struggling Southampton.

Substitute Lee Chung-Yong lashed home a sensational winner for crystal palace at stoke to put the eagles level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham.

Bournemouth secured their second away win of the season after a 2-1 win over Westbrom.

Liverpool’s Rodgers Bullish Ahead Merseyside Derby

Rodgers-liverpoolLiverpool Manager, Brendan Rodgers, remains confident heading into Sunday’s Merseyside Derby, despite another disappointing result in Europe.

A 1-1 draw at home to Sion has put the spotlight firmly back on the Liverpool boss, who made seven changes for their first home Europa League match.

But Rodgers who is expected to recall striker, Daniel Sturridge, insists Goodison Park holds no fear.

According to him, his team is fully focused on getting all three points, despite Everton’s marginal lead of one point on the Premier League table.

Iheanacho Scores Last-Gasp Winner As City Beat Palace

iheanachoNigerian youth international, Kelechi Iheanacho, scored a last-gasp winner as Manchester City edged Crystal Palace on Saturday to maintain their 100 per cent start to the 2015/2016 premier league season.

Iheanacho’s late goal helped Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in their English Premier League match at Selhurst Park.

Super Eagles forward, Odion Ighalo also scored the winner for Watford in their 1-nil win over Swansea City.

Premier League Champions, Chelsea lost for the 3rd time this season with Stephen Naismith inspiring Everton to a 3-1 win at Goodison Park.

In other results, Arsenal beat Stoke City 2-0, Norwich City beat Bournemouth 3-1, West Brom and Southampton battled to a goalless draw, while Manchester United beat Liverpool 3-1 in the day’s last game.

Arsenal Will Drop Points – Roberto Martinez

Roberto MartinezEverton Manager, Roberto Martinez, has said that after his team’s loss to Crystal Palace on Wednesday, he expects Arsenal to also drop points as the league hits its final round of matches.

After going down 3-2 to relegation strugglers, Crystal Palace in a rescheduled English Premier League match played at Goodison Park, the Everton manager’s hope to overtake the Gunners in the race for top 4 suffered a major setback.

Everton only needed to win in order to return to 4th place, after Arsenal had earlier on Tuesday defeated Westham United 3-1, but things went bad for the Blues right from the first half as they were a goal down under 25 minutes.

While speaking after the match, the Spaniards said that he expects the Gunners to drop points along the way: “We have 12 points to play for, we are close to fourth place and we are still in a good position.

“I don’t think Arsenal will take maximum points from their remaining games.

“If you looked at the start of the season, it’s a magnificent position.

“The way we finished the second half gives me great optimism we can finish the season strongly.”

The match against Crystal palace was seen as one of Everton’s best opportunities to earn points as they are still to play Man City and Man United; while Arsenal on the other hand have supposedly more winnable games with matches against Hull City and Newcastle.

“The result is a hurtful one because of the expectation that we had and the desire that we brought into the game.

“In the first half we played with a bit of wanting to win so much that we forgot about simple basics. In the second half, it was completely different”, said Martinez.