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31 October, 2017

José Mourinho has described Romelu Lukaku as "untouchable in my team", with the Manchester United manager saying he has to protect his players when they deserve it. It's not one goal or the ball goes against the post or a save by the opposition keeper that can make Romelu's contribution below the top level.

"They can boo a player that doesn't deserve to be booed, they can boo a player that is working like an animal and because the game is not going in his direction".

"I think, like many people, that Romelu is a great forward".

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"They pay the ticket, they can do what they want", Mourinho said.

"He is playing extremely well for us and yes, I have to protect my players when I feel they deserve it and Romelu always deserves it because what he does for the team is fantastic".

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Victory over Benfica could secure United's place in the knockout phase of the Champions League and Mourinho believes his team are growing stronger in Europe.

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".

Now, in the build-up to Tuesday's Champions League home clash with Benfica, Mourinho has labelled the Belgian "untouchable".

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