"It's not one goal or the ball goes against the post or save by the opposition keeper that can make Romelu's contribution below the top level". The centre-forward created Anthony Martial's 81st-minute victor and Mourinho also pointed to how the Belgian was hard for Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen to deal with. Romelu is one of the players that should be untouchable in terms of the respect of everyone.
"We played well. To play well against a very good team feels even better".
Martial had been brought on for Marcus Rashford, a decision initially booed by fans, but the United boss defended supporters' right to do that.
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.
"The fans are the fans and I am also told the fans pay for their tickets and they are free to express themselves the way they want to express themselves", Mourinho said at United's training base. So for me [he is] untouchable in my team and I think he should be untouchable in support from the fans.
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'But they pay their ticket and do what they want'.
"I don't think he was quiet at all", Mourinho said.
United will secure a place in the last 16 if they beat Benfica and CSKA Moscow fail to do likewise against Basel.
The two-time Champions League winning manager also singled out match victor Anthony Martial for individual praise: "Sometimes he starts the match and his contribution is good but not scoring so many times as he does coming from the bench. So it's just Benfica, Champions League and only Champions League".