Lukaku: “Mourinho has done a lot for Man United”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United speaks to Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Manchester United and CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on December 5, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku believes Jose Mourinho deserves respect for the job he did at the club.

Upon replacing Louis van Gaal in the Old Trafford dugout in 2016, Mourinho led United to 84 victories in his 144 matches in charge.

The Portuguese coach also won the Community Shield, Carabao Cup and the Europa League in his first campaign at United along with a second-place finish the following season.

But Mourinho fell way below expectations this term with United deciding to relieve him of his duties in December after a challenging start, which left the club 19 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool in sixth-place.

The 56-year-old’s replacement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has since overseen eight wins in a row at United following Friday’s FA Cup fourth-round 3-1 win at Arsenal.

Although Lukaku, who was signed by Mourinho in 2017 for United in a £75m transfer from Everton, will not get drawn into comparing the two managers.

“I’m not going to compare the two managers,” Lukaku told Eleven Sports.

“I believe that Mourinho has done a lot for this club. He won trophies, so I have a lot of respect for him. He is the coach who signed me.”

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - MAY 01: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea speaks to the media during a Chelsea press conference ahead of the UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg match between Chelsea and Eintracht Frankfurt on May 02 2019 at Commerzbank-Arena on May 01, 2019 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)

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The Belgium international has struggled under Solskjaer, however, with Marcus Rashford often being selected as United’s centre-forward instead.

Due to this new development, Solskjaer has only handed Lukaku two starts in the FA Cup in his first eight games in charge of the Red Devils.

“Solskjaer has just started his story here,” added Lukaku.

“I hope that all goes well. I just hope we finish in the top four and that we win a trophy.”

The 25-year-old was at his very best last Friday though with two assists and a man of the match performance in United’s FA Cup win at Arsenal.

Lukaku will now hope his performance in North London will convince Solskjaer to start him in United’s next Premier League match against Burnley.

The encounter will take place at Old Trafford on Tuesday with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).

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