Lukaku joined Manchester United in a £75m deal from Everton in the summer and scored 11 goals in his opening 10 games for the club.
But the Belgian powerhouse has failed to find the back of the net in his last six matches and attracted some criticism from the United supporters.
In United’s last Premier League outing against Tottenham, a section of Old Trafford booed Jose Mourinho’s decision to take Marcus Rashford off instead of Lukaku when he brought Anthony Martial on.
Lukaku proved it was the right move by setting up Martial to score the winner against Spurs, and Mourinho responded by shushing the United supporters after the final whistle.
And former United midfielder Ince reckons Mourinho was well within his rights to criticise the small section of United fans.
“If you’re a proper fan, you can’t just support someone only when they’re playing well”
Ince told Paddy Power: “Jose Mourinho was absolutely right to criticise the Man United fans after the Tottenham game.
“When Romelu Lukaku came to Manchester United, and he was bagging goals for fun, no one was saying a thing. Not one United fan was moaning.
“Now, he hasn’t scored in a few games and suddenly loads of fans are on his back. They need to get real.
“We’re talking about someone who has scored 11 goals for United already, and we’re only at the start of November. Let’s get it right.
“So, when I see that Mourinho has had a dig at the fans for booing, I literally couldn’t agree with him any more for doing that. Those fans needed telling.
“When I was playing, even when things were going badly wrong, fans would support their team. They’re called supporters for a reason. And I think there’s a huge difference between ‘fans’ and ‘supporters’ nowadays.
“When you look at Huddersfield fans, they are what you would call a traditional supporter. They stick by their team whether things are going right or wrong.
“I was at Anfield for the game last week, and they didn’t stop singing, even when they were three goals down.
“Then you look to some United fans, whose side are second in the table, but they were booing their top goalscorer. It’s mental.
“If you’re a proper fan, you can’t just support someone only when they’re playing well. The proper Man United fans will be backing Lukaku whether he’s doing well, or whether he’s having a rough patch.”
Published at Thu, 02 Nov 2017 09:41:50 +0000