Cape Town - Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku
has voiced his support for manager Jose Mourinho, stating that he
deserves respect for being honest.
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Mourinho has come under pressure in recent weeks following United's
disappointing start to the Premier League season which included defeats
to Brighton and Tottenham.
Some have questioned the Portuguese tactician's often confrontational
approach when speaking to the media, but Lukaku believes Mourinho
should be given credit for speaking his mind.
"People need to appreciate that, at least there are people who are
real in this world like him. Because most managers in the league, when
they are not happy they try to find a way to seem happy," Lukaku told
"You should respect that he wants to keep his personality and not shy
away from confrontation. He wants us to improve. He's a normal guy...
he's cool with everybody."
Mourinho also hasn't been shying away from openly criticising his
players, but Lukaku believes footballers have become too sensitive and
should be able to deal with criticism.
"Sometimes footballers, we get soft. If I listen to players from back
in the day and now, a manager cannot say what he wants to a player
because you feel attacked," he added.
"But I don't feel attacked, because that's who I am - I am a tough
man, but that doesn't come from football, that comes from my background.
"My relationship with him (Mourinho) is cool. He makes me laugh, he
makes the players laugh, he's a real family guy. He fights for his
players, but he's real."