Man United manager Jose Mourinho has expressed his disappointment with Man United fans over what he describes as an unfair treatment of Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku continued his scoreless run as it stretched to 5 consecutive games when United hosted Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford over the weekend. Nevertheless, he provided the assist for Martial to give Man United the lead in the 81st minute, a short while after hitting the woodwork, and secure all the needed 3 points on the day.
Speaking on the Belgian, who has already hit the back of the net 11 times this season, Mourinho said:
“I would like the supporters to explain to me why they don’t support him so much, because he gives everything.
“It is not fair when scoring the goal or not scoring the goal makes the whole difference.
“So, I’m a bit disappointed – but not with him. With him (I am) very pleased.”
In the course of the game, Mourinho’s decision to replace Rashford with Martial in the 70th minute met with jeers from a sub section of the fans, and Mourinho responded with a gesture of his finger on his lips as he looked directly into the camera after the game. When questioned on what prompted the gesture, he replied: “Some people speak too much… Calm down, relax.”
However, Mourinho praised his team for winning after two winless runs that saw them play a draw against Liverpool and suffer a surprising loss to Huddersfield Town.
“If the result is 0-0 or 1-1, my feelings with the players would be the same. They gave everything, every ball was like the most important ball of their career. The focus and concentration was there.
“We played well. To play well against a very good team feels better.”