Back-to-back 3-0 losses - to Tottenham in the league and Atalanta in the Europa League - over the past week followed Everton's lackluster 2-0 defeat at Chelsea before the two-week break for internationals. And they didn't spend that money this summer because they already have the team they need.
He added on a man who left the club over the summer with 253 goals to his name: "He'll get a great reception from the United fans because he was such a great player for United in such a successful era as well".
"I think he'll get the welcome that he deserves".
"I have the experience".
The subject of young players prompted one of Koeman's most revealing answers in what was a forthright press conference; many Evertonians are wondering why Jonjoe Kenny, the England Under-21 worldwide, can not get a start at the moment ahead of Cuco Martina at right-back.
"It's a big lesson today", he said.
If you saw the team yesterday [at Atalanta] there was no football that I like. We made mistakes, the pitch wasn't the best, either, but it was the same for them.
EVERTON'S dreams of European glory turned into a nightmare as Atalanta ripped them apart in 45 appalling minutes in Italy.
"So that's a question to myself, what I did wrong".
"They are a team with an incredible investment, a team that wants to play for the title, so I'm sure their objective is the top four". I am anxious about... I see 11 individual players. The defender isn't likely to play, but there will be others changes to the team after Tuesday, with Phil Jones and Eric Bailly to return from suspension.
Ronald Koeman's Everton side take on Premier League leaders Manchester United in poor form but the Dutchman remains unbeaten in five meetings with Jose Mourinho and is yet to lose at Old Trafford. They are young. You can find many more excuses, but I don't like that.
"He has friends in the dressing room and he has a good relationship with the way we are playing football at the moment".
"We know him really well".
"But they had also seven or eight players more (than us) who fought, who won every battle, and had the right aggression". "We need to accept it", he said.