Lukaku: Jose Mourinho does not fake emotions

By Daily Sports on September 14, 2018

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku says boss Jose Mourinho is “real” and does not fake his emotions like other managers in the Premier League.

Mourinho demanded respect from the media after an angry news conference following a 3-0 defeat by Tottenham at Old Trafford last month.

But Lukaku says the Portuguese is a family man, makes the players laugh and fights for them, and deserves respect.

“People know a side from him which is he’s a winner,” said Lukaku.

“But what I like about him is he's not going to fake his emotions. When he’s mad, you know he is mad. When he's happy, you see he is happy.

“I don’t understand why people don't like the realness about him. When he’s mad at me I know he is mad at me, and I try to do what he wants so he is happy again.”

In an interview with Dion Dublin on Football Focus, to be broadcast at 12:00 BST on Saturday on BBC One, the Belgium forward also talks about learning from Thierry Henry and Didier Drogba, his relationship with ex-Everton manager Ronald Koeman and wanting to finish his career with no regrets.

‘Mourinho is cool with everybody’

United finished second in the Premier League last season, but have lost two of their opening four games this campaign.

Lukaku, 25, says Mourinho will not shy away from confrontation when he is unhappy with the way his players or the team are performing.

“Sometimes footballers, we get soft a little bit,” added Lukaku. “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.

“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 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. When you’re not happy, you don’t need to fake your emotions.

“People need to appreciate that, at least there are people who are real in this world like him. Because most of the managers in the league, when they are not happy they try to find a way to seem happy.

“You should respect that he wants to keep his own personality and not shy away from confrontation. Here, he really wants us to improve. He is a normal guy, we get along well. He is cool with everybody.”

‘Getting schooled’ by Henry and Drogba

Lukaku has scored 104 Premier League goals since first arriving in the England as an 18-year-old when he signed for Chelsea in 2011.

Told he has reached that figure in 30 games fewer than former Blues team-mate Didier Drogba, the Belgian responded: “But he has four Premier League [titles] and I have none.”

Lukaku says the former Chelsea striker has had a huge influence on his career, along with ex-Arsenal forward Thierry Henry – Belgium’s assistant manager – and another former team-mate, Nicolas Anelka.

“We talk every day. He is part of the process. He has been part of the process since I came to the Premier League. Even though we haven’t been in the same dressing room for years, he is still part of the process,” said Lukaku.

“At the World Cup, he was at the hotel almost all the time. Can you imagine at the hotel for the World Cup, where we were staying in Russia, I had Thierry there and Didier here and I had to sit here and take everything in: ‘You did this wrong and you did that wrong, but this you did OK...’

“They know I accept it because I really want to have the same career as they had.

“They can be as hard as they want, but I take it because I really want the same thing. Sometimes when I see Nico as well, those three are the guys when I grew up, they were like my everything.

“For me to have them sharing their experience with me, I take everything in. Even if they’re trying to knock me off, it’s no problem. Those guys, they have what I want and they tell me all the time ‘you are dangerous, because you are stronger than we were’ and I debate about pace with Thierry all the time!

“To be schooled by Thierry, Didier and Nico is the best thing that’s happened to me.”

•Excerpted from a BBC report. Photo shows Lukaku shaking Mourinho

Source Daily Sports

Posted September 14, 2018


 

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