Blow for Man United as Jose Mourinho provides Paul Pogba injury update

31 October 2017, 12:25 | Kristine Mills

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Jose Mourinho has urged Manchester United fans to get behind Romelu Lukaku after questioning their reaction to his goal drought.

"It's not one ball that hit the post or not one save from the opposition goalkeeper that can make Romelu's contribution below the top level". The centre-forward created Anthony Martial's 81st-minute victor and Mourinho also pointed to how the Belgian was hard for Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen to deal with.

"They can boo a player that doesn't deserve to be booed, they can boo a player who is working like an animal, even though the game is not going in his direction", stated Mourinho when asked about the negativity towards Lukaku. I think the point is scoring goals or not scoring goals because in the end some players sometimes analyse.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has today revealed that he has "no idea" when midfielder Paul Pogba will be available again for the Red Devils. "He is fantastic. And playing football, for a striker, is not just about scoring goals".

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Mourinho continued: 'I must protect them when they deserve it and Romelu always deserves it. He's untouchable in my team and I think in terms of support from the fans.

"They pay the ticket, they can do what they want", Mourinho said.

Lukaku will be hoping to rediscover his scoring form quickly as United are next in action against Benfica in the UEFA Champions League before making the trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to face reigning Premier League champions Chelsea. As a manager I feel duty to protect my players when I feel they deserve it.

Their Portuguese opponents are pointless after three matches - a state of affairs that surprises Mourinho after having to endure a hard-fought 1-0 win at the Estadio de Luz last time out. If United win they are guaranteed qualification for the knockout stage. A two-time Champions League victor, a three-time Premier League title winning manager and a tactical master who has proved himself time and again.



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