Romelu Lukaku has taken to a passionate defence of Jose Mourinho. Manchester United boss Mourinho has cut a dejected figure during pre-season with the storm clouds seemingly gathering over Old Trafford.
Mourinho has been critical of a number of his players, in particular, forward Anthony Martial, while earlier this week he suggested the youngsters coming through the United ranks are not up to the level required.
United’s transfer policy has also come under scrutiny from the Portuguese – but Lukaku has defended his boss, who he says cannot switch off his winning mentality.
“People need to understand that we play this game not to lose it. We play this game to win,” the striker told Business Insider.
“When you lose, you get angry. When he is upset, he’s the type of person that you can really see it.
“But that should be embraced because he is a manager and a coach that wants to win.
“If you can’t deal with that, don’t ask him questions because he shouldn’t hide his personality to give a good public image.”
Lukaku joined United from Everton last summer to secure a reunion with Mourinho, who sold him during his time at Chelsea.
And he has lifted the lid on his relationship with his manager and offered an insight into what he is really like off the pitch.
“It is nice to play for him. I get to see a totally different image of him where he’s really cool,” Lukaku added.
“We make jokes. He sends me good advice, or funny videos, some stuff like that. So he’s really a family guy. That’s how I know him.”
Lukaku has recently returned to pre-season training from his post-World Cup and will hope to make the bench for next week’s opener with Leicester.