17 September, 2017
Rooney made an impressive start to his second spell at Goodison Park after the proven striker scored against Manchester City and Stoke City.
Last Thursday, Everton in Bergamo started in the group stage of LE against Atalanta, who lost with a score of 3: 0.
"I don't think it was my influence, no", said Mourinho.
"It will be interesting to see how United handle the pressure of not having as much possession and also having more pressure placed on their defence as they haven't been challenged yet".
United are one of the favourites to be Premier League champions come May, but Mourinho has consistently refuted that the Reds are the favourites.
The Red Devils signed three players in the summer transfer window.
"When I arrived in the first season there was already investments made in buying players, changing the squad, selling players, that you probably would have done in a different way. It is the most hard country in which to win the title".
"So it's not just the striker".
"But you are playing against other teams whose managers are in the third or second or fourth or fifth seasons". I think that Romelu has a better team than Zlatan had.
"I think the stadium will show him the respect that he deserves, I hope, before the match and after the match".
Mourinho refused to enter into any debate as to how Lukaku and Ibrahimovic compare. When players are similar, you can compare. "I am not going to do that".