Lukaku 'untouchable' Mourinho tells Man United fans

José Mourinho has described Romelu Lukaku as "untouchable in my team", with the Manchester United manager saying he has to protect his players when they deserve it.

"He's playing very well for us - it's not one ball that hits the post or one shot saved by the opposition goalkeeper that defines Romelu's contribution as low or top level".

Mourinho rejected the suggestion that Lukaku can be a quiet presence when he is not scoring goals, arguing that the striker gave Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier a tough time on Saturday.

The 54-year-old told reporters: "My job is to protect my players and Romelu is one of the players who should be untouchable in terms of respect from everyone".

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that he remains pleased with Romelu Lukaku's contribution in attack and claims that the striker should be regarded as "untouchable" from criticism. So for me [he is] untouchable in my team and I think he should be untouchable in support from the fans. "He is fantastic. And playing football, for a striker, is not just about scoring goals".

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

Manchester United are looking to win their first Premier League title since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson led the Red Devils to their 20th top-flight crown.

With City having been excellent so far this season, it will certainly be a hard task for United to win the title but they will be determined to capitalise on any slip-ups that their rivals make. "The point is scoring or not scoring because in the end that is what people analyse sometimes". They go to Chelsea on Sunday in the Premier League but Mourinho said: "Nobody here thinks about another match than Benfica". 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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