Every Manchester United forward deserves to start, says Mourinho

Lukaku, who has scored seven goals in as many games since joining United in the summer, now looks the automatic choice for the number nine position.

Romelu Lukaku has scored five times, Anthony Martial has netted three despite making just one start and Marcus Rashford (two goals, one assist) and Henrikh Mkhitaryan (one goal, five assists) have also impressed.

Mourinho lavished praise on the Frenchman in his pre-match press conference earlier this week and says that the forward has matured and improved as a footballer and as a person since last season.

He said: "I don't understand what the fans sing. Then we put ourselves in a position where he had to defend to keep the result, which we did extremely well, with a good keeper and with good defenders, so I am really happy".

Phil Jones has noted that Manchester United's enormous physical presence under Jose Mourinho will help them challenge for honours this season.

Martial, 21, had seemed like the odd man out under Mourinho as he followed an impressive debut season at Old Trafford with an inconsistent campaign a year ago that brought him just eight goals.

Mourinho last week asked for improvement from the England full-back.

"All of them give me options".

Thankfully that was about the end of the chanting for the afternoon, but Lukaku's continued phenomenal achievements are in danger of being completely overlooked because of the small-mindedness of the very people who should be celebrating his achievements the most.

Football fans, particularly those passionate enough to follow their team around the country, typically don't react well to being told what to do, but you would have thought that Lukaku himself requesting to cease singing the song would have been enough.

"He has to work".

"Look, he doesn't play for six months".

"It's a process. He doesn't play for a long time".

"The players are not in their ideas, in their analysis, they're not in the best form after important injuries and long time without playing".

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