Mourinho was in full praise about Rooney ahead of his first return to Old Trafford since his summer move to Everton, but was also adamant he did not want the game to be dominated by talk of his return.
The former England worldwide heads back to Old Trafford as the club's all-time leading scorer, having struck 253 goals during a 13-year stint.
Lukaku scored 87 goals in 166 appearances across all competitions for Everton. "I think this Premier League is much more defensive-minded, and much more hard".
Nevertheless, the Toffees boss has been impressed with the side Jose Mourinho has built for this season and he is expecting a much tougher test this time around.
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 to The Times, he said: "They (United) were in touch with my agent and showed a lot of interest".
The Swede, who suffered ligament damage in his right knee against Anderlecht in April, signed a new one year contract with Man United last month.
"So it's not just the striker".
"They wanted me, but a few things happened and I thought Everton would be the best place for me to come. Romelu's team plays different football and the confidence levels are different and it is a team in the second year of its evolution in some aspects".
Mourinho refused to enter into any debate as to how Lukaku and Ibrahimovic compare. And I can name more players who are not performing and that are struggling. I think it's very stupid to compare the incomparable. "While they [defeats] are not enjoyable, you go through them and learn and it will make me a better player".
It is clear that the Iraqi authorities can maximally grant a broader autonomy to the Iraqi Kurds seeking independence. The referendum is planned to be held in Kurdistan and disputed areas including the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.
Police dashcam video captures Stockley saying , "going to kill this (expletive), don't you know it", in the midst of the chase. The defense argued that Stockley and Smith struggled before the shooting, leading to the cop firing in self-defense.
ProPublica informed Facebook about the situation and asked them to take such hateful advertisement categories down, which it did. When ProPublica searched for categories related to "Hitler", Facebook suggested a field called "Hitler did nothing wrong".
His long, distinguished career will stand as a monument to one of the greatest character actors to ever grace the screen. Acting won, but many years of struggle would pass before Stanton would become a household name.
His and Pakistan's only hundred in a Twenty20 global had come against Bangladesh during the World Twenty20 tournament in 2014. Hasan Ali removed Ben Cutting and Miller, while Shadab Khan went for runs (including three consecutive sixes from Perera).
Its remarkable 20-year mission was full of discovery and cosmic glory, and is the only spacecraft to ever orbit Saturn. The spacecraft studied Saturn's atmosphere and took measurements to determine the size of the planet's rocky core.
The school district also brought in counselors and support personnel to help teachers and students during this time of grief. On the way to the apartment, they got a second call, saying that the children in the apartment were possibly dead.
I have the support of the government council, I have the support of the people, we are here and we will continue", he said. Kalin on Thursday said: "There will absolutely be consequences for this referendum decision", without elaborating further.
And so, 14 months on from his arrival at the Vitality Stadium , Ibe finally set about showing exactly what he is capable of. Having only mustered seven shots in 65 minutes before his introduction, Bournemouth attempted six in the final 25.
The extremist group agreed to evacuate territory, for the first time, from a district on the Syria-Lebanon border on August 28. The Syrian army and its allies recently broke an Islamic State siege of an enclave in Deir al-Zor that had lasted three years.
Drew Brees shed some light on what it's like to match wits with Bill Belichick. "So, for me it's just tightening up my coverage". Whether it's down there or it's in (the middle of the) field playing safety, either way, you're just playing and competing".
Trump tweets tough talk after London explosion
Thank God - after his response to Charlottesville, Virginia, we thought he'd lost his voice when it came to acts of terrorism. And we have to be very smart and we have to be very, very tough, which perhaps we're not almost tough enough.
Jennifer Lawrence will take a two year break from acting
It was supposedly a horror film, but the only thing disgusting about it was that I had to stay for the entire movie . When I am releasing a movie and it's really heavy and really intense and I just know that it will die down.
Canelo Alvarez ready to show 'how a true Mexican fights'
Fighting Miguel Cotto and Amir Khan in the fall of 2015 and the spring of 2016, Alvarez sold a combined 1.5 million PPV buys. Saunders has only fought once since then in which he scraped a decision victory against a massive underdog, Artur Akavov.
Brains behind attack on Amarnath pilgrims shot
The army said "suitable action" would be taken against the troopers seen trampling the bodies of Ismail and Qasim. After the death Abu Qasim, Abu Dujana took charge and then you had Abu Ismail in-charge of the LeT.
Knifeman tries to slit soldier's throat on Paris metro
On Aug. 9 six soldiers in Levallois, outside Paris , were hurt when a driver deliberately rammed into them, authorities said. The man reportedly shouted references to the Islamic State group while attacking the soldier and was quickly arrested.
Toffees to come unstuck at hands of old friend Lukaku
Gylfi Sigurdsson , Davvy Klassen and Wayne Rooney may all be good, technical players, but they largely perform similar roles. That, for Ronald Koeman , was the last straw and will now speak to his players about their extreme drop in form this season.
Madrid to take control of Catalonia's finances
Among the most populated cities, many will not get involved, and question marks remain over the biggest of them all - Barcelona. This new system will allow the Spanish state to "replace the region for the majority of essential spending", he added.
Equifax hack due to old bug in Apache
By now, you've heard about the breach of the financial records of Equifax , the credit reporting bureau. Equifax created a website so you can check to see if your personal information may have been affected.
Google sued for discrimination against women employees
Labor Department has an ongoing investigation of Google , alleging gender disparities in pay at the company . They are seeking to represent a class of women who worked at Google in California over the last four years.
Here's when you can play Destiny 2's debut raid
Most notably, of course, is the addition of the first raid called Leviathan though it technically doesn't open until tomorrow. This actually works out well as it means that player can boost their power level up to whatever their liking is for the raid.
Sen. Franken to Apple: How Safe Is Face ID Really?
There's still no 3.5mm headphone jack, but for the first time, the iPhone will support Qi wireless charging . Apple's Face ID uses a TrueDepth camera system made up of more than 30,000 invisible IR dots.