- Match Analysis
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho revealed in his press conference ahead of this week’s Champions League game against Benfica that one player in his squad is untouchable in terms of team selection.
He may have only joined in the summer, but striker Romelu Lukaku has made such an impression at Old Trafford so far that his manager already regards him as a permanent fixture in his XI.
The Red Devils paid in excess of £75million to secure the Belgian international’s signature from Everton in the summer, but he has repaid their faith already with 11 goals in 15 matches this season.
However, some fans booed when Mourinho took off Marcus Rashford instead of Lukaku against Tottenham on Saturday, which the Portuguese manager took issue with when speaking on Monday.
“Romelu is untouchable in my team and should also be in terms of the support from the fans. He’s playing extremely well for us,” he said.
“The fans are free to express themselves as they want, but they boo a player that doesn’t deserve to be booed – a player that is working like an animal.”
“My job is to protect my players and Romelu should be untouchable”.
Whether fans were booing Lukaku or more Mourinho’s decision to keep him on the pitch is unclear. Either way the United manager has come out strongly in support of his star striker.
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