Wayne Rooney will make his Old Trafford return this Sunday when Everton face league leaders Manchester United.
Rooney enjoyed a stellar 13 seasons at United which boasts five Premier League titles, four League Cups, an FA Cup and a Champions League crown.
The 31-year-old finished his Old Trafford career by lifting the Europa League trophy in May before joining his boyhood club on a free transfer this summer.
And manager Jose Mourinho has no doubts his former captain will be welcomed appropriately.
“He is an Everton player. I’m not going to speak about Wayne other than he deserves to be recognised before and after the game. I think he will get a welcome he deserves,” he said, speaking at his pre-match press conference.
“Sometimes in England, the word legend comes too easy. Not in this case. Trophies, goals. One of the most important players at Man United. The stadium will show him the respect he deserves.”
With Rooney departing and Zlatan Ibrahimovic out with injury, Manchester United opted to recruit another former Everton player this summer in Romelu Lukaku and Mourinho is pleased with how the Belgian has settled into the squad.
“He comes in the right moment, good age, number of years experience. Clearly adapted to Premier League, with good friends in the dressing room. Easy integration. The way we play is easy for him to play in it.”
“I don’t think about goals. It’s important for a striker but I don’t put any pressure on him. He is playing well. Good relation between our striker and the team. It is just the start.”