Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to Romelu Lukaku following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Stoke City in the Premier League.
Lukaku continued his impressive start to life at Man United with the team’s second of the afternoon at the Britannia Stadium, which saw the Red Devils take a 2-1 lead.
Stoke levelled shortly after through Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s second of the match, however, as Man United’s 100% start to the 2017-18 campaign was ended.
Lukaku had a golden chance to win it for his team late on after meeting a cross from Anthony Martial, but the Belgian fired over the crossbar from close range.
Mourinho, however, has refused to criticise the 24-year-old, insisting that the 20-time English champions would have won at Stoke but for a couple of defensive errors.
Mourinho told MUTV:
“I’m happy with Lukaku with or without goals because his contribution is always good. With one more goal we win 3-2 but without the mistake at the corner then we win 2-1 and Lukaku’s miss doesn’t matter.”
Man United will look to bounce back from the disappointment at Stoke when they open their Champions League campaign at home to Basel on Tuesday night.
Next weekend will then see Everton make the trip to Old Trafford in the Premier League.