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Mourinho not happy with Lukaku’s movement, touch and link-up play as goal drought continues

Jose Mourinho has insisted he believes in Romelu Lukaku, despite admitting that ‘his moment is not sweet’ after his continued goal drought.

Lukaku has only scored four goals this season for Manchester United and extended his barren run in front of goal to eight games after United’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus on Tuesday night.

“No criticism at all,” Mourinho said in his post-match press conference about the £75 million striker. “But I have to agree his moment is not sweet.”

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However, Lukaku’s lack of goals isn’t his only problem at the moment, with his all-round play and work rate also coming in for some criticism from the Old Trafford faithful and sections of the media alike. Now, Mourinho has admitted that the Belgian is suffering from a lack of touch, poor movement and disappointing link-up play.

“A complete understanding that the player is a fantastic professional that wants to give everything,” the Portuguese added.

“Not just with the goals he is not scoring but also in his confidence, in his movement, his touch. He is not linking the game well with the team.

“But he is our striker and he a is a good striker we believe in. Could I play Rashford there? But then I don’t have a winger as in this moment we have a difficult situation.

“Romelu is a hard-working guy and a good professional. One day the goals will arrive and the confidence will be back.”

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