Romelu Lukaku lauds Jose Mourinho for being honest with his players

first_imgManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku said that he likes Jose Mourinho’s confrontational style of management and he deserves respect for being ‘real’ with his players.Lukaku said that Mourinho is a family guy and fights for his players but he also gets really honest with them, unlike many other Premier League bosses.”My relationship with him (Mourinho) is cool. He makes me laugh, he makes the players laugh, he’s a real family guy. He fights for his players, but he’s real.”Reports have circulated in the media that Mourinho has strained relationships with many players, especially with Paul Pogba but Lukaku said that he prefers the manager to be honest rather than stay quiet about things.”People need to appreciate that, at least there are people who are real in this world like him. Because most managers in the league, when they are not happy they try to find a way to seem happy,” Lukaku told the BBC.”You should respect that he wants to keep his personality and not shy away from confrontation. He wants us to improve. He’s a normal guy…he’s cool with everybody.”Lukaku suggested that players had to toughen up in the face of criticism and respond with better performances.”Sometimes footballers, we get soft. If I listen to players from back in the day and now, a manager cannot say what he wants to a player because you feel attacked,” he added.”But I don’t feel attacked, because that’s who I am – I am a tough man, but that doesn’t come from football, that comes from my background.advertisementUnited, who are 10th with six points from four matches, will look to end Watford’s perfect start to the campaign when they travel to Vicarage Road on Saturday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img