The manager voiced his displeasure initially to MUTV, the club's in-house television station, after Saturday's 1-0 Premier League win over Tottenham, in which Lukaku's flick created the winning goal for Anthony Martial. "He is fantastic. And playing football, for a striker, is not just about scoring goals".
"I don't think he's quiet at all", he said.
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United looked like they were heading for a disappointing draw before Martial, a 70th-minute substitute for Marcus Rashford, found a way past Hugo Lloris. Yet the 24-year-old hasn't hit the back on the net for a number of games now, though he's contributed in other ways, including with the assist for Anthony Martial's 81st-minute victor at the weekend.
"As for any issues around his future elsewhere I can not say anything else, that's not my place". Sometimes I don't know because they (Lukaku and Martial) work amazingly well.
"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", Mourinho told MUTV. But they have a lot of young players with a lot of quality. A result of some sort here at the hallowed grounds of Old Trafford could be the spark they need to start a run of great form, though even a win might be too little, too late for their Champions League hopes given that they've won zero points through their first three group stage matches. "What we can not do is play with 12 players, and we can not play with everybody at the same time". We want him to stay with us for many years - he's from our academy.