Blow for Man United as Jose Mourinho provides Paul Pogba injury update

Martial nets winner as Man Utd stifle Tottenham

Former Tottenham player Garth Crooks has lambasted Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho for his "frightened" team selection on Saturday.

"He's playing very well for us - it's not one ball that hits the post or one shot saved by the opposition goalkeeper that defines Romelu's contribution as low or top level".

"They can boo a player that doesn't deserve to be booed, they can boo a player that is working like an animal and because the game is not going in his direction".

'Romelu is one of the players who should be untouchable in terms of respect from everyone.

"He is playing extremely well for us and yes I have to protect my players when I feel they deserve it".

"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.

"What he does for the team is fantastic and to play football for a striker is not just about scoring goals".

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After initially scoring 11 goals from 10 appearances, Lukaku has failed to net in five matches and the Belgian worldwide has allegedly been booed by a section of the club's supporters.

'But they pay their ticket and do what they want'. As a manager I feel duty to protect my players when I feel they deserve it. "Ask [Toby] Alderweireld and [Jan] Vertonghen and [Eric] Dier if he was quiet".

The next test for Jose Mourinho's team would be a trip to SL Benfica for the next game in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.

"I don't think it is fair at all".

Victory over Benfica could secure United's place in the knockout phase of the Champions League and Mourinho believes his team are growing stronger in Europe.

"Whether he's scoring goals or not scoring goals is all that some people analyse". They go to Chelsea on Sunday in the Premier League but Mourinho said: "Nobody here thinks about another match than Benfica".

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