Ashley Young looked to silence Manchester United's critics on Twitter after Saturday's 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. The centre-forward created Anthony Martial's 81st-minute victor and Mourinho also pointed to how the Belgian was hard for Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen to deal with. "As a manager I feel duty to protect my players when I feel they deserve it".
"For a striker, playing football is not just about scoring goals".
'Romelu is one of the players who should be untouchable in terms of respect from everyone.
"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".
"I would like the supporters to explain to me why they don't support him so much because he gives everything and I think it is not fair when scoring the goal or not scoring the goal [he] makes the whole difference", Mourinho told MUTV.
"They paid their ticket, they can do what they want".
The manager believes the club have made progress since winning the Europa League last season, when they also finished in the relatively low position of sixth in the Premier League.
Lukaku, 24, also hit the post during that match, and Mourinho was keen to emphasis his centre-forward's general contribution as his team prepared for Tuesday's Champions League home match against Benfica.
"I don't think he's quiet at all", he said.
"Whether he's scoring goals or not scoring goals is all that some people analyse". A two-time Champions League victor, a three-time Premier League title winning manager and a tactical master who has proved himself time and again. They go to Chelsea on Sunday in the Premier League but Mourinho said: "Nobody here thinks about another match than Benfica".