Romelu Lukaku has revealed that Jose Mourinho trusts him in every game for Manchester United because he puts the team ahead of his own personal records.
The Belgian striker has had a fantastic first season at Old Trafford after a £75m move from Everton last summer, despite interest from Chelsea.
Lukaku has scored 23 goals this season, and manager Mourinho, who sold Lukaku while the pair were at Chelsea, kept faith in him throughout a goal drought in October and November.
The fact Lukaku was continued to be given opportunities in the starting XI from Mourinho was surprising, but the Belgian repaid that faith by eventually returning to the goals and now being at his best ever in a United shirt.
“I’ve always worked hard and I’m grateful but at the end of the day, I’m a striker and I have to score goals,” Lukaku conceded.
“I will always put the team first ahead of myself and that’s something I told him, I said ‘the team is the most important thing’.”
Lukaku insisted that he is targeting trophies, as a team, over goals. That attitude is why Mourinho trusts Lukaku so much.
“The desire to win is bigger than ever since I came to this club, because I always wanted to win and to chase trophies,” Lukaku continued.
“I always put that in front of my personal objectives and he knows that, and I think that’s the reason why I’m playing all the time.”