Lukaku is untouchable - Mourinho

Lukaku is untouchable - Mourinho

Lukaku is untouchable - Mourinho

The Portuguese was asked after Saturday's 1-0 home win over Tottenham if Pogba, who has been undergoing rehabilitation in the United States, had any chance of returning before the forthcoming worldwide break.

Anthony Martial replaced Marcus Rashford in the second half and the France global scored an 81st-minute victor with a scruffy finish at Old Trafford.

He told a news conference on Monday: "The fans are the fans and I also said that the fans pay for their tickets and are free to express themselves and say they want to express, but my job is when I feel they deserve is to protect my players". They can boo a player that doesn't deserve to be booed. It's not one goal or the ball goes against the post or a save by the opposition keeper that can make Romelu's contribution below the top level.

"So for me untouchable in my team and also untouchable in the respect and support he deserves from the fans".

The Manchester United boss is still missing a lot of key players in all areas of the pitch.

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The Belgian worldwide hit the ground running at Old Trafford following his £75m off-season move from Everton, scoring seven goals in his first seven Premier League matches.

"I don't think he was quiet [against Spurs] at all, ask [Toby] Alderweireld and [Jan] Vertonghen and [Eric] Dier. they are some of the best centre defenders in football".

Victory over Benfica could secure United's place in the knockout phase of the Champions League and Mourinho believes his team are growing stronger in Europe. I think both were trying to win but both knew that they opponent was strong. "The point is scoring or not scoring because in the end that is what people analyse sometimes".

Now, in the build-up to Tuesday's Champions League home clash with Benfica, Mourinho has labelled the Belgian "untouchable". "Nobody here thinks about Chelsea", he added, referring to this weekend's Premier League game at his former club.

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