(Video) Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho explains why Romelu Lukaku is so important despite his goal drought

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has suggested he won’t be dropping Romelu Lukaku any time soon despite some calls for him to do so.

The Belgium international is struggling at the moment, scoring just once in his last ten games for the Red Devils despite a flying start to life at Old Trafford prior to that.

Mourinho remains a big fan of what Lukaku brings to the side, and has strongly hinted he won’t be taking up the advice of former Arsenal defender and pundit Martin Keown.

‘If Jose Mourinho wants to get Romelu Lukaku firing again, he needs his £75million striker to reach boiling point,’ Keown told the Daily Mail.

‘It might be the right moment to leave him out against Watford on Tuesday. Lukaku has scored a single goal in his last 10 games in all competitions. Give him some space so that he comes back an angry man, with some fight and determination.’

Mourinho isn’t having any of that, however, saying not many players in his squad can bring him the same commitment and work rate of his summer signing from Everton.

‘The way Romelu wins the corner for the goal… the way Romelu ends the game making tackles in left-back positions, that’s the mentality I want and unfortunately not every player is the same,’ Mourinho said in his press conference.

Romelu Lukaku in action for Man Utd
Romelu Lukaku has hit a recent goal drought for Manchester United

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Lukaku previously failed to win Mourinho over during their time together at Chelsea, but it’s clear now he’s become a favourite of the Portuguese, who spent big to bring him to United this summer.

BBC Sport described Lukaku’s fee as an initial £75million, making him their second most expensive signing of all time.

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