Jose Mourinho has said that he is “disappointed” with the way some fans are failing to support striker Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku had a fantastic start to his career with Manchester United and scored seven times in his opening seven Premier League matches. However, he has failed to score in the last three games. Some have questioned his record in big games and especially so after he struggled in the goalless draw at Anfield two weeks ago.
During Saturday’s 1-0 win over Spurs, the crowd could be heard groaning at some of his touches, but he then made a decisive impact with his flick-on for Anthony Martial’s late winner and Mourinho feels that he deserves more appreciation.
Speaking to MUTV Mourinho said, “I would like the supporters to explain to me why they don’t support him so much because he gives everything and I think it is not fair when scoring the goal or not scoring the goal [he] makes the whole difference. I don’t think it is fair at all. So, I’m a bit disappointed, but not with him. With him [I am] very pleased.”
Mourinho has taken a fairly conservative approach with the team and it is unpopular with some fans. Many questioned his decision to withdraw Marcus Rashford for Martial on Saturday.
However, it is clear that he does not appreciate being doubted and he put his finger to his lips in a shushing gesture after the final whistle on Saturday.
“I really don’t understand some reactions why,” Mourinho said. “Are they [the fans] Red Devils? Sometimes I don’t know because they [Lukaku and Martial] work amazingly well. Today there were two strikers playing together against three top central defenders – the best we have in Europe – and their work was amazing. He scored with a bad shot but a bad shot sometimes can be a beautiful one.”