Romelu Lukaku wasn’t exactly a fan favourite after the Manchester derby earlier this month.
He played a hand in both of Manchester City’s goals as Pep Guardiola’s side ran out 2-1 winners, failing to clear set-pieces as the ball landed to David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi who punished him. It also didn’t help that he failed to score a golden opportunity to equalise late on.
But since then, the Belgian striker has done his very best to win over the fans once again. After a poor goalscoring run, Lukaku scored twice in United’s two games after that defeat against Bournemouth and West Brom during 1-0 and 2-1 wins respectively.
But he was getting criticised once again during United’s home match against Burnley.
The visitors took a shock lead after just three minutes when Ashley Barnes smashed the ball home inside the box. But questions were being asked of Lukaku after he failed to deal with the set-piece once again. The ball came his way and he made a right hash of defending it.
WATCH: LUKAKU FAILS TO DEFEND BURNLEY'S FREE-KICK
Take a look at the goal:
MAN UTD FANS REACT
And here is the reaction from United supporters:
Even Harry Redknapp slated Lukaku for his error
MOURINHO DEFENDS LUKAKU
Maybe Mourinho should just leave Lukaku up the pitch when defending set-pieces from now on...
While Lukaku might not be loved by United fans right now, Mourinho has continually tried to defend the £75 million striker.
Earlier in the season, the Old Trafford faithful were booing Lukaku - something that didn’t go down well with Mourinho.
“The fans are the fans and I’ve also said that the fans pay for their tickets and are free to express themselves, they say they want to express themselves," Mourinho said.
“But my job is when I feel they deserve it, to protect my players.
“I think Romelu is one of the players that should be untouchable in terms of the respect of everyone.
“He is playing extremely well for us and yes 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.
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