Jose Mourinho told Romelu Lukaku not to worry about goals because he loves everything he has been doing on the pitch since his move to Manchester United this summer.
Man United made Lukaku a £75m marquee signing last week and the Portuguese boss believes he’s developed into the complete striker since leaving Chelsea.
He replaced Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the club’s main striker and scored his first goal for the club in a friendly against Real Salt Lake as they tour America.
Speaking about his impact, Mourinho has revealed what he told Lukaku before his goal.
“I think it’s just nice for him, but not important for me,” Mourinho said.
“When he came for the water before he scored the goal, I told him ‘I love everything you do on the pitch, don’t be worried about scoring or not scoring because it is not important’.
“He holds the ball the so well, he plays one touch, two touch so well. He moves, he gets behind people, he attacks crosses, he works when the team loses the ball, he presses well.
“I like everything he does.
“For me, it’s easy to feel it because he was my player four years ago or something like that and his evolution was great.
“He’s now a top striker and the goal is just a detail. Not important.”
Mourinho has always been a strong believer in his striker’s all-round game rather than just goals, and he feels the same way with Lukaku as the Belgian has so much more to offer.