Lukaku says Mourinho deserves respect for being ‘real’

Mourinho while speaking to the press ahead of their weekend game against Watford chided the media as he spent nearly the whole of the pre-match conference discussing about Marcus Rashford as he gave the media a full run-down of Marcus playing times in Manchester United as one of the players in the league with the highest appearance.

A 2-0 victory against struggling Burnley followed by an worldwide break has taken the heat off the Portuguese manager as he tries to inject momentum into a stuttering start to the season.

The Portuguese was quick to leap to his own defence when questioned on the subject in the press conference ahead of United's Premier League game against Watford on Sunday, relying on statistics to prove his point.

Manchester United's £89m record signing is wanted by his former club, two years after they let him return to Old Trafford.

Watford at least made things interesting with a 65th-minute Andre Gray strike, but United dug deep and fended off the home side's late advances to seal the points despite Nemanja Matic's red card deep into stoppage time.

Neville insisted it is far too early to write Mourinho off despite his early-season struggles, which have given rise to the suspicion he is yesterday's man.

"So I can expect that [on] Sunday some of them will wake up in the morning and the first thing they think of is Jose Mourinho, so I can imagine on Sunday I am going to be criticised for not playing Marcus but it's not my fault, he's suspended, so probably you should remind them he is suspended and cannot play".

"He's having a more hard time, but finished?"

"We have to respect Man United, for sure", he added.

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Rashford was one of few bright sparks for Southgate, scoring both England's goals in a 2-1 defeat by Spain and 1-0 victory over Switzerland in the past week.

The arrival of Alexis Sanchez in January 2018 increased competition for places at United and meant Rashford became a bit-part player.

Rashford scored two in two games for England during the global break but it was suggested by some pundits that the 20-year-old may have to leave United to further his development.

Jose Mourinho has left Luke Shaw out of the squad after he suffered concussion while playing for England last week so Ashley Young gets a recall to join Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof in the back four.

Watford brushed aside Brighton, Burnley and Crystal Palace as they made a ideal start to the season. "We are happy. We are happy for this win".

Watford boss Javi Gracia, though, warned his side of under-estimating United. "But Marouane is giving us more than that - he's giving us that but he's also giving us quality and simplicty".

'But the set-pieces are very specific things that you work, you work, you work and for weeks and weeks and weeks sometimes you don't see the results of that work. That is why there are three things below, things we learned from these worldwide matches.

United were in the ascendency ten minutes into the second stanza but they were yet to create clear chances in that period.

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