Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has come out in defence of manager Jose Mourinho’s style of management by insisting he ‘doesn't understand why people don't like the realness about him’.
Lukaku says Mourinho is a family man, makes the players laugh and fights for them, and deserves respect.
United boss Mourinho had a bit of an outburst when he demanded respect from the media after an angry news conference following the Red Devils’ 3-0 defeat by Tottenham at Old Trafford last month.
"People know a side from him which is he's a winner," said Lukaku. “But what I like about him is he's not going to fake his emotions. When he's mad, you know he is mad. When he's happy, you see he is happy. I don't understand why people don't like the realness about him. When he's mad at me I know he is mad at me, and I try to do what he wants so he is happy again."
Lukaku also admits that Mourinho is up for a confrontation with his players in order to get the best of them when he feels they're not performing up to the standards expected of them.
"Sometimes footballers, we get soft a little bit. If I listen to players from back in the day and now, a manager cannot say what he wants to a player because you feel attacked. But I don't feel attacked, because that's who I am - I am a tough man, but that doesn't come from football, that comes from my background.
"My relationship with him is cool. He makes me laugh, he makes the players laugh, he's a real family guy. He fights for his players, but he's real. When you're not happy, you don't need to fake your emotions.
"People need to appreciate that, at least there are people who are real in this world like him. Because most of the managers in the league, when they are not happy they try to find a way to seem happy. You should respect that he wants to keep his own personality and not shy away from confrontation. Here, he really wants us to improve. He is a normal guy, we get along well. He is cool with everybody."