Jose Mourinho should be given more 'respect' believes Romelu Lukaku


GETTY Rashford scored against Spain and Switzerland for England over the international break

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho turned on the pundits once more on Friday as he launched a detailed defence of his use of England worldwide striker Marcus Rashford.

Rashford's goals for England during the global break opened the debate about his perceived lack of playing time at Manchester United under Mourinho. But Lukaku says the Portuguese is a family man, makes the players laugh and fights for them, and deserves respect.

"People know a side from him which is he's a victor", Lukaku told Dion Dublin on Football Focus, via BBC Sport. I have a direct relation with the players and he never told me he wants to leave.

"And possibly Everton is the sort of club, just below the top six, similar to what Lukaku did [when he moved], when you know you're going to play every week". You work and work and for weeks you don't see the result so when it happened it was happiness for coaches.

"I can only comment on what is real for me, not in what I read, not in what I listen".

"Juan and Ander, even if they are not playing or not playing a lot, not starting matches, from the personality point-of-view and character point-of-view, by what they represent in the modern society in football, they are nearly unique pieces that I also don't want to lose".

"If you don't mind to lose a couple of minutes with me, I'm going to do something, not for you but for the United fans, because I think I hold myself to the United fans and for them I am going to spend two minutes with you".

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"If I was still in that dressing room giving personal advice it would be, "Paul, it's obvious you want to play somewhere else but be professional", Neville said. He is a normal guy, we get along well.

"We have spoken at half-time and tried to improve things for the second half and I think we made a step forward".

"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".

The 30-year-old will now miss United's Premier League clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers next weekend, and the midfielder will take the opportunity to "rest". "So I can expect that Sunday, some of them, they will wake up and the first thing they think is Jose Mourinho, so I can imagine I am going to be criticised for not playing Marcus but it is not my fault, he's suspended. You don't need to do that".

"I don't understand why people don't like the realness about him".

Rashford could try and do the same after United's sloppy start to the season seems to foretell Mourinho not lasting more than three seasons in a managerial role yet again. But, he will miss Saturday's game against Watford as he is suspended for seeing a red card in the last game at Burnley.

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