Premier League: Everton manager Sam Allardyce worried with team's long injury list ahead of gruelling schedule
"A lot of big players missing from this squad. We’re still getting results and will improve even more when these players get back," said the Everton manager.
Europa League qualifiers: Wayne Rooney glad Everton homecoming's done, sets sights on upcoming season
Rooney was pleased that he can now concentrate on football after the hype and pressure of his first game back with Everton in 13 years is behind him.
Former Manchester United and England captain Rooney had revealed in the build-up to the match that it had been a lifelong ambition to play for Everton in Europe.
Pickford, who is in Poland with the England U-21 side, made 135 saves in the Premier League last season which may have impressed Everton manager Ronald Koeman.
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic would have preferred a victory for his team to scoring a goal in the 1-1 draw against Everton in the Premier League.
Manchester City twice missed penalties in a 1-1 draw with Everton on Saturday as 10-man Arsenal went level with them on points at the top of the Premier League table after seeing off Swansea 3-2. Arsenal leapfrogged Tottenham Hotspur into second place after their arch north London rivals also dropped points in a 1-1 draw away to West Bromwich Albion.
Gareth Barry crowned his 600th Premier League appearance with a goal as Everton came from behind to beat Middlesbrough 3-1 and retain second place.