Jesse Lingard: 'Facing Everton will not faze Romelu Lukaku'

Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring for Manchester United against Basle at Old Trafford

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard says Romelu Lukaku will be calm facing former club Everton on Sunday.

Lukaku has made an impressive start to his United career since arriving from Everton for £75million in July, a day after Rooney made the move in the opposite direction.

The nadir of Man United's 2016/17 campaign was characterised by a collective neurosis going forward - especially at home - as Mourinho's men only managed 54 Premier League goals in 38 games.

Beating Sir Bobby Charlton's record by becoming United's all-time top goalscorer, the 31-year old will return to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon with childhood club Everton to face his former team.

Rooney, who since returning to Merseyside has retired from worldwide football, is also the highest scorer in United's history and returns tomorrow to the club where he scored a record 253 goals in 559 appearances. Three wins and a draw in four games means that the Red Devils are leading the English Premier League on goal difference.

"I think he'll put it to the back of his mind".

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It seems a slightly unusual claim. I thought I would get a lot of game time here, more than I possibly would at Manchester United, and that was a massive factor in my decision.

"I'm very pleased with the contribution but I want more goals", he said. The Belgium global has enjoyed a fast start to life at Old Trafford, scoring four goals in four Premier League games thus far.

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The total number of goals has actually increased in recent seasons. The highest came a few years prior, in 2011/12: 1,066 (2.81 per game). The outlier is 2014/15.

Lukaku scored 87 goals in 166 appearances across all competitions for Everton. His highest-scoring seasons came in 09/10 and 11/12 (both high scoring seasons), but can be explained partly by the increased goalscoring responsibility that came with Ronaldo's sale to Madrid and Carlos Tevez's defection to Man City. The England left-back hasn't featured for the Reds since pre-season, though could make the matchday squad when Everton visit Old Trafford on Sunday. He also managed 14 in the following season, the lowest-scoring ever.

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.

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