Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on Romelu Lukaku after he bagged the sole goal in the 1-0 victory over Southampton. The Red Devils dominated the proceedings through the first period of the match, and they were rewarded in the 20th minute after he scored off a rebound from goalkeeper Fraser Forster. The defence was the prime focus for United for the vast part of the second-half due to the constant Saints pressure, but Lukaku’s goal eventually proved the winner.
Speaking to Sky Sports h/t Metro, Mourinho was content with the performance of his leading frontman, although he admitted that the team did not perform at its best. Nevertheless, the Special One is happy to take a hard-fought win which maintains the club’s strong start to the Premier League campaign.
He said: “Romelu Lukaku’s work is so important for us. He scored his goal and worked hard like everybody else. Nobody feels the pressure to play always attacking football because so many teams play always defensively. I felt some of the boys were not sharp. I didn’t feel like we could score three or four goals like we sometimes do so the option was to make sure we got the points.”
United have now bagged five victories from their opening six games of the season, and they are up to 16 points on the table – just behind leaders Manchester City on goal difference. The focus will now switch to the Champions League where the club will make a 2000 mile trip to Russia to take on CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night.