Koeman: Everton Defence Must Improve Ahead Of Lukaku Reunion

Ronald Koeman says Everton should enhance defensively if they're to comprise the “risky” Romelu Lukaku towards Manchester United on Sunday.

The Goodison Park aspect understand all approximately the Belgium forward’s danger after he scored 20-plus dreams in each of his preceding three seasons with the Toffees earlier than his pass to antique Trafford this summer.

The 24-12 months-vintage already has six desires in as many games for his new club, whilst Everton have not won locally on account that the hole day of the top-rated League season, with a three-zero defeat to Atalanta inside the Europa League preceded through a 3-0 loss to Tottenham and a 2-0 reverse at Chelsea.

Now Koeman has burdened his side should tighten up at the again or they'll be undone by using the risk of Lukaku on Sunday.

“We recognize him truly well,” Koeman said. “He’s one of the nice strikers. I mentioned several instances ultimate season he’s a super finisher. i am hoping that we recognise how we must guard towards him.

“There are plenty of person characteristics in the players round him [at United]. within the container he’s genuinely dangerous, he’s fast, he’s robust.

“If we defend how we’ve defended within the previous couple of games then maybe it will likely be his afternoon.”

Koeman did not land an out-and-out alternative for Lukaku inside the summer time, with Wayne Rooney the best participant to have determined the net for Everton of their establishing four games, and Koeman accepts Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Sandro Ramirez can't be asked to assume Lukaku’s role.

“There’s no frustration now due to the fact you can’t do anything at the moment,” Koeman stated of failing to feature every other attacker.

“it's far exceptional in our ball ownership when you have a goal man in the front. You saw with Atalanta [on Thursday], their striker [Andrea Petagna] was sturdy, he stored the ball, it permits the crew to return up and keep the ball.

“we've different sorts in Dominic and Sandro. Sandro wishes time to adapt to the most reliable League. yes, he has pace but he’s not physically the most powerful. however it’s too smooth to mention the strikers. Defensively we are making too many errors.”

Koeman claimed victories over Louis van Gaal’s United in January 2015 and 2016 with Southampton, whilst simplest a final-gasp Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty in opposition to Everton in April denied him a hat-trick of vintage Trafford wins.

though, the Toffees boss has been impressed with the facet Jose Mourinho has constructed for this season and he's expecting a far harder take a look at this time round.

“It’s how you study it – maybe it’s true that in the closing 3 seasons I’ve had top outcomes at old Trafford,” Koeman stated.

“but Manchester United are truely sturdy, a more potent crew than last season and in the intervening time we’re now not at the level we have been final season.”

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