Sport Lukaku needs new boot deal to start scoring again, jokes Mourinho

03:50  29 november  2017
03:50  29 november  2017 Source:

Mourinho: It's difficult to play both Rashford and Martial

  Mourinho: It's difficult to play both Rashford and Martial Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been explaining why he opts to play just one of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford on a consistent basis. As quoted by the Independent, the Red Devils manager discussed why he tends to avoid playing the attacking pair together and spoke of how they both like to play in the same area, making it difficult to start them at the same time. “They both like to play in the same position and that is difficult. They both prefer to play on the left than the right, both playing with another striker through the middle, we lose a point of contact with the midfield that we are used to, with the player playing behind the striker.” “But we found then a certain balance and when they start finding, sometimes both, one opening the left and one on the mid-left between the striker and the left winger, it was the moment where we start creating more.” Both players have been in good form this season and Martial has especially impressed, contributing with some important goals. However, both Rashford and Martial played in United’s recent win over Newcastle and it proved to be a successful call from Mourinho. The Red Devils came out as comprehensive victors on the day despite going a goal behind. Goals from Martial, Chris Smalling, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku capped a largely dominant display. “But to be honest Newcastle was probably the team, not in the second-half, but in the first-half which come here and we felt a bit of instability in our defensive areas, and that was clearly not because of the defensive players but because of our balance.” “So to play them [Martial and Rashford] together gives us things but also takes some things from us.” Mourinho will now hope to be able to accommodate both players in the future given their undeniable quality.

Jose Mourinho joked that Romelu Lukaku can't score because of his boot deal . The £75million striker is in the market for new boot sponsorship. Mourinho needs his £75million man to rediscover his goalscoring touch and fire once again .

Jose Mourinho joked that Romelu Lukaku ' needs a new boot deal ' to return to goalscoring form. "We had chances for four, five and six in the first half and in the second half again and again and we didn't score ," said Mourinho .

RomeluLukaku-cropped: Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku © Provided by Goal Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku

Jose Mourinho said Romelu Lukaku needs a new boot deal in order to get back among the goals as the Manchester United manager jokingly blamed the striker's struggles on his footwear.

Belgian star Lukaku, 24, fired another blank in United's entertaining 4-2 win over Watford in the Premier League on Tuesday.

The £75million signing from Everton wasted a gilt-edged opportunity in the second half as he was left with just one goal in his past 11 matches in all competitions for United.

However, Mourinho – after joking about Lukaku's form – heaped praise on the Belgium international, who has scored 12 goals this season.

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  MNF: Zlatan problem for Lukaku? Craig Bellamy believes problems could occur in selecting either Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Romelu Lukaku when bigger games come up for Man Utd.Craig Bellamy believes problems could occur in selecting either Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Romelu Lukaku when bigger games come up for Manchester United.

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Boots to blame for Lukaku struggles - Man Utd boss Mourinho jokes striker needs new deal . Chris Burton. The Belgian striker was off target once again in a meeting with Watford, leading his manager to suggest he will only score when paid the right money.

"I think he needs a big contract with boots," Mourinho told reporters.

"At the moment, he has no contract with any brand, that is why he is wearing black boots! He needs to be paid the right money so he goes back to goals.

"Jokes apart, he works amazingly well for the team. I would never blame him for missing an easy chance, never.

"He's an amazing professional. I couldn't be happier with him."

One player who made the most of his opportunity was Frenchman Anthony Martial.

Martial scored United's third of the match in the 32nd minute after being played in on goal by Lukaku at Vicarage Road.

It was Martial's second goal in four matches before being substituted in the second half and Mourinho said: "I am pleased. I think he suffers a little bit with accumulation of matches. I could feel that in the second half he was going down and down and down.

"He's still a young guy and his body, his biological situation has space to improve but in the first half, during the time, he had strength and explosion in his legs. He was dangerous and [scored] an important goal."

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A car was stopped with a person in the boot of the vehicle, gardai have revealed. The passenger was found hidden in the boot of a Toyota Yaris in Limerick at around 12.30pm yesterday.The driver has landed themselves in hot water for having an over-loaded vehicle.The Garda Traffic twitter account shared a photo of the vehicle, saying: "Driver stopped transporting 5 passengers, one hidden in the boot ."FCPS (Fixed Charge Processing System) to follow for driver.  "‘Maybe they were making a trunk call’ !!"Limerick Gardaí : Driver stopped transporting 5 passengers,one hidden in the boot .

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