Lukaku has so far scored seven Premier League goals since joining Red Devils from Everton for £75million last summer, although he has suffered a slight dip in form recently.
The Belgium striker again failed to find the net in United’s 1-0 win over Tottenham at Old Trafford – his fifth game without scoring – prompting some criticisms from fans.
But Mourinho has come in support of the powerful frontman, insisting that he deserves respect, for his contribution to the team.
He said, “The fans are the fans and I also told that the fans paid their ticket, they are free to express themselves the way they want to express but my job is to protect my players and I think Romelu is one of the players that should be untouchable in terms of the respect from everyone.
“It’s not one goal or one ball that hit the post or one that can make Romelu contribution below the top level, he’s playing extremely well for us and I have to protect my players when I feel they deserve it and Romelu always deserves it because what he does for the team is fantastic, and playing football for a striker is not just about scoring goals.
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