Jose Mourinho does not care if Romelu Lukaku fails to score because in his eyes the Manchester United striker always gives his all – unlike some players.
The 24-year-old endured another frustrating afternoon on Saturday when United’s eked out a 1-0 win against promoted Brighton as Ashley Young’s strike looped in off Lewis Dunk.
Mourinho removed the handbrake at Old Trafford, fielding his best forwards, but the blame should be shifted to the players, not the manager this time.
Lukaku has mustered just one goal in his last 10 matches for United, following an impressive start to life at Old Trafford, yet Mourinho will not criticise the striker.
The United boss is in awe of the Belgium international’s relentless drive, which he believes puts other similarly talented players to shame.
“In the last minute he was fighting and running back like he was in the first minute, so I think it is also a mentality question,” Mourinho said of Lukaku.
It remains to be seen whether Lukaku’s kick at Gaeten Bong just before the goal draws the interest of the Football Association.
But Mourinho had no concern about the former Everton player’s desire.
“The way Romelu wins the corner for the goal, the way Romelu ends the game making tackles in the left-back position, that is the mentality I want,” Mourinho said.
“And, unfortunately, not every player is the same. Players are men, men are different. Men are unique cases.
“Some guys are capable to go into the limits of their efforts and some other guys even with a lot of talent, they don’t manage to do that.
“So Romelu, for me, fantastic. Didn’t score, I don’t care.”