English Premiership

Bailly feels lucky to play with Lukaku

2017-10-31 11:13
Eric Bailly (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has praised team-mate Romelu Lukaku and stated that he is delighted to be playing alongside the striker.

Lukaku made a strong start to his United career, scoring 11 goals in his first 10 appearances, but has found it more difficult of late, failing to find the back of the net in his last five fixtures.

However, Bailly has faith that the Belgium international has what it takes to get back to his best form.

Bailly said, as quoted by the Daily Mail: "Romelu is a great striker. I have played against him but now I'm lucky to play with him.

"He is very important for us and everybody can see how everything is going up for him. I hope he can keep scoring goals and helping us out."

On United's Premier League form, Bailly added: "The Premier League is one of the best leagues with many good teams and we are getting good results.

"But we must focus on ourselves and keep going. We are playing well and winning many games."

Meanwhile United manager Jose Mourinho came to the defence of Lukaku when describing the Belgium as one of the "untouchables" in his team and believes he should be exempt of criticism from fans.

"My job is to protect my players when I feel they deserve it and I think Romelu is one of the players who should be untouchable in terms of the respect from everyone."

"What he does for the team is fantastic," added the United boss. "He is fantastic. And playing football, for a striker, is not just about scoring goals."


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