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Mourinho: Lukaku is untouchable in my Man Utd team

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hailed "untouchable" striker Romelu Lukaku

The striker made an electric start to life at Old Trafford as he scored seven times in seven Premier League outings, yet after failing to find the net in his last five matches, he has come in for some criticism.

The Belgium international forward moved to United in the summer for a fee of £75 million and Mourinho has emphatically defended the recent acquisition.

"Romelu is untouchable in my team and should also be in terms of the support from the fans," he told the press ahead of a Tuesday Champions League meeting with Benfica. "He's playing extremely well for us.

"The fans are free to express themselves as they want. But my job is to protect my players and Romelu should be untouchable.

"I don't think Romelu's quiet at all. Ask [Tottenham defenders] Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier if he was quiet!"

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