Jose Mourinho explains why Romelu Lukaku didn't celebrate vs West Brom

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Football fans have very different opinions when it comes to players refusing to celebrate against their former clubs.

Some think it’s a classy gesture, while some think you should always celebrate after finding the back of the net.

To be fair, it’s up to the player themselves and we shouldn’t have any say in what they do.

Earlier this season, Romelu Lukaku angered his former club, Everton, by seemingly mocking them after scoring against them at Old Trafford.

That’s why everyone was a bit confused why he didn’t celebrate against West Brom this afternoon - after all, he was only on loan to the Baggies.

Why would you celebrate against Everton but not against West Brom?

Of course, Lukaku also scored on Wednesday and didn’t celebrate so maybe there’s more to it than everyone thinks.

Mourinho gives his two reasons

After the match, Mourinho was asked why his striker - who has come under fire for some of his performances recently - didn’t celebrate. And the Portuguese boss could think of two reasons.

"I think two reasons,” Mourinho began.

“One: his love for West Bromwich Albion. Probably the second thing, he looks at me and I don't celebrate too! You don't go crazy when you win, you don't get depressed when you lose."


Hmmm, we’re not convinced by those two reasons.

So, he has more love for West Brom than Everton? And Lukaku clearly doesn’t turn around and see Mourinho still sitting on the bench after the ball hit the back of the net.

Mourinho explains why he didn't celebrate either

But Mourinho also didn't celebrate and he explained why he just sat in his seat.

"I didn’t celebrate too," he said after the match. "Nobody was happier than me.


"Fifteen years ago I look at myself celebrating goals. With maturity you go into levels that you control your emotions better. Romelu was a happy kid at West Brom – maybe at the back of the mind it was his love for the club."

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