MANCHESTER, Sept 14, 2018 (News Wires) - Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku defended Jose Mourinho’s confrontational style of management, saying that the Portuguese deserves respect for not hiding his true feelings like several Premier League bosses.
Mourinho has had strained relationships with some of his players at the club since taking charge in 2016, most notably with record signing Paul Pogba, but Belgian Lukaku said he preferred the manager to be honest.
“People need to appreciate that, at least there are people who are real in this world like him. Because most managers in the league, when they are not happy they try to find a way to seem happy,” Lukaku told the BBC.
“You should respect that he wants to keep his personality and not shy away from confrontation. He wants us to improve. He’s a normal guy... he’s cool with everybody.”
Lukaku suggested that players had to toughen up in the face of criticism and respond with better performances.
“Sometimes footballers, we get soft. If I listen to players from back in the day and now, a manager cannot say what he wants to a player because you feel attacked,” he added.
“But I don’t feel attacked, because that’s who I am — I am a tough man, but that doesn’t come from football, that comes from my background.
“My relationship with him (Mourinho) is cool. He makes me laugh, he makes the players laugh, he’s a real family guy. He fights for his players, but he’s real.”
LONDON, April 1, 2018 (Reuters) - Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku said he has a lot more left in the locker after netting his 100th Premier League strike but wants his goalscoring feats to be backed up by trophies.
Lukaku reached a century of goals with a neat finish in Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Swansea City. The Belgium international has struck 15 league goals for the Old Trafford club since signing from Everton in the close season.
The remainder of his haul have come from his time on Merseyside and a loan spell at West Bromwich Albion.
“It’s not bad. But I want to add trophies to the personal stuff. There’s a lot of hard work to be done and I’m enjoying the challenge,” Lukaku told the club’s website.
Lukaku’s goal before an Alexis Sanchez strike Saturday helped United remain on course to finish second in the league behind runaway leaders Manchester City. Jose Mourinho’s side have 68 points with seven games remaining in the season.
United’s only realistic chance of silverware this season lies in the FA Cup, where they take on an in-form Tottenham Hotspur side in the semi-finals later this month.
“I don’t like to talk about personal stuff,” Lukaku added. “I’m a team player so I put the team ahead of myself. I’m a striker and I know there are a lot more goals in me, and hopefully I can add a trophy as well to the goals.”