Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists he does not care if Romelu Lukaku is struggling for goals as his relentless work rate makes up for it.
The Belgium international has scored just once in his last 10 games for United, although they have continued to pick up points despite his poor form in front of goal.
An Ashley Young strike looped in off Lewis Dunk as Mourinho’s side laboured to a 1-0 win over Brighton at Old Trafford on Saturday but the Portuguese says he is unconcerned at his striker’s current travails.
“In the last minute he was fighting and running back like he was in the first minute, so I think it is also a mentality question,” Mourinho said of Lukaku.
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“The way Romelu wins the corner for the goal, the way Romelu ends the game making tackles in the left-back position – that is the mentality I want.
“Unfortunately, not every player is the same. Players are men, men are different. Men are unique cases.
“Some guys are capable to go into the limits of their efforts and some other guys even with a lot of talent, they don’t manage to do that.
“So Romelu, for me, [is] fantastic. Didn’t score, I don’t care.”
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Mourinho has been critical of some United fans in recent weeks but he was keen to praise their support against Brighton.
“Honestly, it is quite a surprise for me but I think the supporters were fantastic,” Mourinho added.
“We had matches at home where we played really, really well and they were a bit soft.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was full of praise for Brighton's performance after his side beat the Seagulls 1-0 at Old Trafford.
“They were behind the team. The team was not playing well, the team was 0-0, they support the team, they support the players.
“Then in the last part of the game, at home at Old Trafford we had problems against Brighton, a newly promoted team, and the supporters were behind the team.
“They support the team, they support the players, so also really happy with them.”
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