Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has launched a pretty frank defence of his under-fire manager Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho has come in for plenty of criticism for his grumpy demeanor during his sides pre-season tour of America, with the Portuguese coach complaining about a lack of transfer activity, the quality of his clubs young players and an inability to work with many of his first team squad due to their involvement at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
However, £75 million striker Lukaku reckons when his manager is unhappy it is simply because he hates losing so much, and if people are so sensitive to his complaints they should just stop asking the Manchester United manager questions.
“People need to understand that we play this game not to lose it. We play this game to win.’’ Lukaku told the Business Insider.
“So when you lose, you get angry, you get upset. So for him (Mourinho)… when he’s upset, he’s a type of person that you can really see that he’s mad or angry. So I think this is normal.
“This should be embraced because he’s a manager, he’s a coach that wants to win. And if you can’t deal with that, well, you know, don’t ask him questions because he shouldn’t hide this personality to give, like, a good public image.”
Lukaku is one of three United players to cut their post World Cup holidays short in order to make themselves available for their clubs opening Premier League fixture against Leicester City on August 10.