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Considering United made six changes for the UCL match against Basel, though, there is a chance Mourinho decides to play with his Best XI once again in an effort to add another three points to their tally.

The United manager is insistent that his team's success or failure will not depend exclusively on the form of their main striker, pointing out that they only finished sixth in the Premier League last season despite the contribution of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored 28 goals in all competitions.

Speaking about another of his current group of players, the Portuguese confirmed that Paul Pogba will definitely miss Sunday's game against Everton after the French midfielder picked up a hamstring injury against FC Basel on Tuesday night. Manager Ronald Koeman must have had spent a huge amount of money on signings, but Lukaku's departure appears to be having a bigger impact on the Toffees.

The Frenchman has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season and as well as that being good news for Manchester United, it's also positive for the French national set-up. In the box he's really risky, he's fast, he's strong. "If we defend like we have the last few games, maybe it's his afternoon". There is no doubt Jose Mourinho's men will try to extend that positive run in front of their own crowd.

LEAGUE leaders Manchester United resume their Premiership bid with what should be a routine win over Everton at Old Trafford tomorrow.

Everton are coming off three straight losses across all competitions, and have not scored a single goal during that streak.

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Koeman has spoken highly about new summer signing Sandro Ramirez, saying that the player needs time to adapt to a new league.

"We have different types in Dominic and Sandro". The Spaniard has pace, but he is not the strongest yet.

"A striker is very important but last season we had a very good striker for two thirds of the season and that was not enough to win the title, so it's not just the striker. Defensively we are making mistakes and that's not the job of the striker".

Though previously put in the negative light with United fans from two transfer request during his time at Manchester, Giggs believes the fans will give Rooney a warm reception on his return to Old Trafford on Sunday.

By full-time, United's team sheet read: Howard, G Neville, Ferdinand, Silvestre (Djemba-Djemba), O'Shea (Scholes), Ronaldo, Butt, Kleberson, Fortune, Forlan, Bellion.

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