Jose Mourinho has said that Romelu Lukaku should be ‘untouchable’ from the supporters’ criticism owing to the effort, he puts on the playing field for Manchester United. The 24-year-old amassed 11 goals in his first 10 outings for United, but he has since failed to find the scoresheet in five appearances.
As a result, there has been question marks over his form, although Mourinho believes Lukaku offers more than just goals, he said: “What he does for the team is fantastic and to play football for a striker is not just about scoring goals. I think Romelu is one of the players who should be untouchable in terms of respect from everyone.”
Despite Lukaku’s goalless streak, he provided the key header for Anthony Martial, who bagged the winner in the 1-0 Premier League triumph over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.
Manchester United host Benfica in the Champions League later tonight, and Lukaku will be desperate to end his goalscoring drought – ahead of a crunch league fixture versus Chelsea on Sunday.
Mourinho has hinted that he could feature both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial from the off – against Benfica, but neither are likely to take the place of Lukaku, who is assured to lead the line.