Fans' treatment of Romelu Lukaku is unfair, says United boss Jose Mourinho

Southampton's Argentinian manager Mauricio Pochettino runs towards Southampton's English defender Luke Shaw after he was injured in a header during the English Premier League football

Mauricio Pochettino runs towards Luke Shaw after he suffering an injury

After scoring seven goals in as many league games, Lukaku has not scored in the following three matches and his fading goal scoring exploits, along with his underwhelming record in big games has been criticised.

Lukaku, who has netted 11 goals this season since joining United from Everton for £75 million ($NZ144 million), extended his barren streak to five games in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur but did set up Anthony Martial's victor.

"I don't think he's quiet at all", he said. "With him [I am] very pleased".

What certain sections of the Old Trafford crowd were booing, specifically, was Mourinho's decision to switch attacking players, in the 70′, subbing Marcus Rashford for Anthony Martial.

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The Portuguese boss responded to critics by holding a finger to his lips after the final whistle, but was puzzled by the fans' dissent.

And he added: "Enjoy the football. Relax and enjoy football".

"But my job is to protect my players when I feel they deserve it and I think Romelu is one of the players who should be untouchable in terms of the respect from everyone".

"The fans are the fans and I also told [on Saturday] that the fans pay for their tickets and are free to express themselves the way they want to express", Mourinho said. They can boo the manager.

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"I suspect part of the reason people are quick to try and put Mourinho down is that they are jealous of his success".

Mourinho was full of praise for his team after what was a return to winning ways in the Premier League for second-placed United following the 0-0 draw at Liverpool and the 2-1 loss at Huddersfield. They can boo what they want. The focus and concentration was there against a quality team.

"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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