This was bound to happen sooner or later, with the kind of form that Romelu Lukaku has been in since his arrival at Old Trafford in the summer transfer window. Manager Jose Mourinho has now hit back at the critics, who believed that the Belgian international would fail to cope up with the pace of football at Manchester United and would fail to impress after leaving Everton.
The Portuguese boss has now taken the dig a step further by insisting that the Belgian international is not just a goal-scorer, but more.
“Of course it is nice for a striker to score, it is nice for him to equal the record of such a legend in the Premier League like Andy,’ Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“But I am happy with him – it doesn’t matter if he scores or not. I was thinking in the latter stages of the game that probably Lukaku doesn’t score in this game and I was thinking he [already] had a good performance and a good contribution for us.
“So Lukaku is not just about the goals he scores, he is about the way he plays and allows other people with different qualities than him to have conditions to shine and perform.”
The 24-year-old attacker scored his 7th goal of the current Premier League campaign. The striker has now equalled a record held by Andrew Cole and the manager can’t stop singing praises about him and has further taken it to the next level, by pointing fingers back at the people who did not believe in him. Despite a couple of goals in the Champions League against CSKA Moscow, Michael Owen had suggested that the star needed to have better movement, which were linked back to earlier remarks by Alan Pardew about him needing to be “smarter”.
In response to this, Mourinho decided to take matters into his own hands and respond with a comment to finally silence his critics, as he put in a solid overall performance in the win against the Eagles, silencing the Crystal Palace boss for good. The manager was really impressed by his player and team and backed them for their positive play and if the Red Devils keep playing the way that they currently are, they will surely be able to win more titles in the current campaign.
Lukaku has impressed one and all with the start that he has made at The Theatre Of Dreams and if he keeps playing the way that he currently is, he will surely be not just a favourite of “Mourinho”, but the fans as well, for a long, long time.