The Manchester United manager feels that his star striker warrants more encouragement from the Red Devil faithful.
Having arrived at Old Trafford from Everton in the summer for an astonishing £75m, expectations for Romelu Lukaku were sky high. The Belgian rose to the occasion at the start of the season – scoring ten goals in all competitions.
Since the most recent international break though, Lukaku has failed to score in five straight games, including in United’s home win over Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.
The 24-year-old did hit the post and set up Anthony Martial’s game-winning goal, but a muted response from the home support has irked Jose Mourinho, as he told MUTV after the Spurs victory.
“I would like the supporters to explain to me why they don’t support him so much because he gives everything,” Mourinho opined.
“I think it is not fair when scoring the goal or not scoring the goal 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’m very pleased.”
This follows a similar criticism of fans in his post-match interview when Marcus Rashford was called ashore for match winner Martial to a chorus of boos at Old Trafford; bringing to mind the ‘Prawn sandwich brigade’ diatribe of Roy Keane many moons ago.
“I really don’t understand some reactions why. Are they [the fans] Red Devils?”
It may be the case that the fans wanted to see Rashford, who has been in fine form, continue on, rather than objecting to seeing Martial come on, but it appears that Mourinho wants nothing less than unrequited support in the midst of what could be a genuine title challenge.