What Rift? This Is How Jose Mourinho Celebrated Romelu Lukaku's First Manchester United Home Goal In 997 Minutes
All the talk before Manchester United’s Premier League clash against Fulham centred on the reported rift between Romelu Lukaku and his manager Jose Mourinho.
Rumours were rife that the Belgian striker was growing increasingly frustrated with the Portuguese coach, and was therefore considering his options at Old Trafford.
However, any friction between the pair seems to have eased, for now at least, after Lukaku returned to the starting line-up then scored in the 4-1 victory against Fulham.
The goal came a few minutes before half-time, as the 25-year-old bagged his second goal in as many games to put his side 3-0 up, and it’s fair to say Mourinho enjoyed it.
The goal itself, Lukaku’s first at Old Trafford since March (997 minutes of football), was a close-range finish that was assisted by Juan Mata, while Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard played a part in the build-up.
After the ball hit the back of the net, the camera panned to the touchline where a jubilant Mourinho was seen high-fiving members of his coaching team, including Kieran McKenna, Silvino Louro and Michael Carrick.
It turns out the goal was a result of a pre-planned corner routine, and Mourinho would no doubt have been thrilled that it was Lukaku who finished off the move - you can see for yourself in the screenshots below.
Not only was it Man Utd’s first win in five league games, but their biggest victory of the season as the club moved up to 6th in the table, and within seven points of the top-four.
Meanwhile, United fans were full of praise for one player in particular.