Fans assuming that Bayern Munich would already be cruising toward its ninth consecutive Bundesliga crown or that English champion Liverpool would have started to shake off its rivals early in the season could not be wider of the mark.
New Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti said getting the Merseyside club to compete in the Champions League was his long-term goal, a project similar to his successful stint at Paris St. Germain eight years ago.
Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta were shown the huge jobs that lie ahead as Everton and Arsenal managers respectively as they watched their new sides play out a drab 0-0 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said prior to the humiliating 4-0 thrashing by Everton there would not be wholesale changes to Manchester United personnel in the close season, but Gary Neville, for one, believes he should think again.
The oddity of Wayne Rooney’s glittering 13-year Manchester United career is that he departs for Everton to only muted applause. Despite a record that features a glut of trophies and personal achievements a strong sense of “Ta-ra Wayne, it’s about time” prevails among supporters.
Wayne Rooney confirmed he has rejoined Everton from Manchester United while Romelu Lukaku appeared to confirm he is moving in the opposite direction by saying he did not think twice about agreeing to join the Red Devils when the opportunity arose, describing the club as the “biggest in the world”.
Wayne Rooney is in advanced talks with Everton about rejoining his boyhood team with the potential move centering on the Merseyside club matching the £250,000-a-week basic salary he earns at Manchester United.