Manchester United Football Club are still sitting at the summit of the Premier League after game week four, but now it’s only on goal difference after drawing away at Stoke City. The match as a whole was an intriguing encounter, with the teams fairly sharing the spoils.
Perhaps the biggest chance of the match fell to Romelu Lukaku as the game was winding down to its climax. The big Belgian was wonderfully played in by Anthony Martial, and the forward, who had previously scored in the match, blazed the ball over the bar.
After the game, Mourinho has defended the latest big money Red Devils signing, claiming that United may not have been in the game at all if Lukaku hadn’t scored previously.
“Maybe Romelu could have had a better contact with the ball and score with the cross from the right, but that’s the result and there’s nothing we can do now but try to be ready for Tuesday [against Basel],” Mourinho said, as per ESPN.
“I’m happy with Lukaku with or without goals because his contribution is always good. With one more goal we win 3-2 but without the mistake at the corner [for Stoke’s second] then we win 2-1 and Lukaku’s miss doesn’t matter.”
At the end of the day, you win some and you lose some. Lukaku has made a wonderful start to life at Manchester United, and without him, there is absolutely no way we’d be sitting where we are in the table.
This is a player who’s lethal in front of goal and he’s allowed to miss every now and then because that’s just football. No player on this earth will score every time they are given a half-chance, and I’m happy that the gaffer has come out and defended him – because to criticise Lukaku after the start he has made would just be absurd.