Ideal timing: Lukaku joined Man Utd at the right time - Mourinho

The striker has made an excellent start to life at United since his summer move from Everton

The 35-year-old veteran striker - who defied the critics in scoring 28 goals for United last season, including crucial goals in their Community Shield and League Cup victories - told "Inside United" he had not let the ligament injury get him down.

United spent big money signing players during the turbulent managerial reigns of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, with Mourinho suggesting he is still working to fix the damage caused during an unsuccessful period in the club's history. However, the Monaco squad played well, and this encouraging performance despite the absence of Lemar may well make them more amenable to an approach in January - with United ready to break the bank to land the player, who was the subject of plenty of transfer attention over the summer from Arsenal and Liverpool.

When a team is competing in as many tournaments as United are, quality and depth are two essential matters.

The Red Devils had dropped their first points in the league last weekend when they drew 2-2 at Stoke, but they got back to winning ways with a 3-0 win over Basel in Champions League.

"It's not just about the striker", Mourinho said.

Jose Mourinho has said Manchester United supporters will give Wayne Rooney a hero's welcome during Sunday's home game against Everton having stressed the club's former captain deserves his legend status.

"Show respect, don't go over the top, but if you score a goal then celebrate".

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United host Everton on Sunday and Lukaku would be up against his former employers, hoping to add to the four goals he's already scored after taking over goalscoring duties from Zlatan Ibrahimovic who scored 28 last season.

The 29-year-old has enjoyed a reprieve at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho with his physical presence and ability to chip in with vital goals making him an important asset in midfield. "We work really hard in training on a daily basis and it's good that different people can jump in whenever.".

The Frenchman has been highly impressive this season with two goals and two assists in the league, but he now looks set for a spell on the sidelines after his return to the Champions League was cut short. "One of our strengths of last season is we had a good defensive organisation and we have lost our strength".

"I think this Premier League is much more defensive minded, and much more hard".

United have been sensational in attack so far, but Paul Pogba's hamstring injury has complicated matters somewhat.

Attack: Mourinho seems to be regularly rotating Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford on the left side so we could see the England global recalled on Sunday.

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