Lukaku Is ‘Untouchable’: Mourinho Slams Booing Fans And Is Not Interested In Chelsea Grudge Match

Jose Mourinho slammed booing Red Devils fans making it it clear that Romelu Lukaku is “untouchable” in his Manchester United squad as he came out in defence of the Belgian striker.

Jose Mourinho’s Man Utd face Benfica in the Champions League next

Mourinho replaced Marcus Rashford instead of Lukaku and his decision was booed by Man Utd fans during their crucial 1-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday.

The former Everton player made an incredible start to his Man Utd career this season but the Belgian striker has now drawn criticism for failing to score in his last five appearances.

But ‘The Special One’ is happy with Lukaku’s performances and said that while the fans have the right to voice their opinion, they should not forget that the Belgian is giving his best for the Red Devils and also that he is nothing wrong by defending his players in public.

He said: “The fans are the fans and I said that the fans pay for their tickets and are free to express themselves and say what they want to express.

Romelu Lukaku is untouchable according to Jose Mourinho

“But my job is to protect my players when I feel they deserve it. And Romelu is one of the players that should be untouchable in terms of the respect of everyone

“It’s not one goal or the ball goes against the post or save by the opposition keeper that can make Romelu’s contribution below the top level. He is playing extremely well for us and yes I have to protect my players when I feel they deserve it.

“And Romelu always deserves it because what he does for the team is fantastic. Playing football for a striker isn’t just about scoring goals. So for me he is untouchable in my team and I think he should be untouchable in support from the fans.”

Mourinho slammed suggestions that Lukaku is not giving his best in some games.

Jose Mourinho spent £75m bringing Romelu Lukaku to Old Trafford

He added: “I don’t think he’s quiet at all. Ask Alderweireld, Vertonghen and Dier if he was quiet and they are some of the best centre-backs in football.

“I don’t think he was quiet at all. The point is scoring or not scoring is the only thing that people analyse sometimes. He wasn’t quiet at all.”

Man Utd have won their opening three group games in the Champions League and now they are set to lock horns with Benfica at Old Trafford on Wednesday before facing Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

Mourinho is not thinking about Sunday’s grudge match at Chelsea

But Mourinho made it clear that he and his players are not concerned about Sunday’s Premier League grudge clash at Chelsea where they had suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat last season.

“Nobody here is thinking of Chelsea-  only Benfica and the Champions League,” he said. “We want to endure we go through to the last 16 in first place.”

Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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