Romelu Lukaku explains why Jose Mourinho rarely drops him from Manchester United’s starting XI
The Belgian has scored 23 goals in his debut season at Old Trafford and has completed the third most minutes for United in the Premier League after David De Gea and Nemanja Matic.
Lukaku may have feared for his place following the signing of Alexis Sanchez in January but the 24-year-old striker has responded by scoring six goals since the Chilean’s arrival.
While Mourinho also has Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard at his disposal in attack, Lukaku feels confident that he has cemented his place in United’s team.
‘I think the manager in his mind thinks that I’m like his sergeant on the pitch and that’s strange for a striker because it’s usually the midfielders,’ he told Sky Sports.
But I’ve always worked hard and I’m grateful but at the end of the day, I’m a striker and I have to score goals.’
‘He has been really good but I think he knows I have that soldier mentality.
‘I think the work rate I am delivering to the team is a lot and he knows he can come to me whenever, I will always put the team first ahead of myself and that’s something I told him, I said ‘the team is the most important thing.’
Lukaku, who joined the club for a fee of £75million last summer, believes his unselfishness has impressed Mourinho.
‘The desire to win is bigger than ever now since I came to this club because I always wanted to win and to chase trophies,’ he added.
‘I always put that in front of my personal objectives and he knows that.
‘I think that’s the reason why I’m playing all the time.’