Lukaku returned to United’s starting XI after making a substitute appearance in the Carabao Cup at Swansea but was unable to find the net at Old Trafford, with Anthony Martial scoring the winner in the 81st minute.
The Belgium striker hit the post earlier on in the second-half and a section of the home crowd were growing frustrated with his contribution – or lack of – against Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
After the win, Mourinho told MUTV: ‘I would like the supporters to explain to me why they don’t support him [Lukaku] so much because he gives everything and I think it is not fair when scoring the goal or not scoring the goal makes the whole difference.
‘I don’t think it is fair at all. So I’m a bit disappointed – but not with him. With him very pleased.’
Mourinho also slammed supporters for booing Martial’s replacement of Marcus Rashford in the 70th minute versus Spurs.
He told Sky Sports: ‘I really don’t understand some reactions why. Are they [the fans] Red Devils?
‘Sometimes I don’t know because they [strikers] work amazingly well.
‘Today there were two strikers playing together against three top central defenders – the best we have in Europe – and they had to do the defensive job of pressing them when they were coming out with the ball which they do very well because they have big routines of playing with three in the back.’
Published at Sun, 29 Oct 2017 15:42:19 +0000