Mourinho livid at Martinez over Lukaku selection

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is furious with Belgium manager Roberto Martinez for using Romelu Lukaku as a late substitute in their meaningless final World Cup qualifying group game against Cyprus, according to a report on the Independent.

Lukaku came on and managed to find the back of the net but Mourinho was far from pleased to see his star striker on the pitch just four days before the crucial clash against rivals Liverpool at Anfield.

Lukaku missed the earlier Belgium match with a slight ankle problem but the medical staff passed him fit for the Cyprus game. Martinez brought him on even though Belgium had already qualified for the World Cup.

Romelu Lukaku scored for Belgium against Cyprus in the closing minutes. (picture: dailystar.co.uk)
Romelu Lukaku scored for Belgium against Cyprus in the closing minutes. (picture: dailystar.co.uk)

Mourinho will be relieved to know that Lukaku finished the game without picking up an injury but this is the second time that Martinez has risked a Man United player during this international break.

Marouane Fellaini was also not 100% fit but Martinez selected him, only to see the towering Belgian leave the pitch early after picking up an injury which is likely to keep him sidelined for a few weeks.

I strongly believe that Martinez had no need to bring on Lukaku, although the goal will give the front-man some confidence, this was an opportunity for a young player to earn a cap for his country.

Plus, it isn’t like Lukaku is short on confidence. The striker has netted seven times in the Premier League for United so far this season and will be hoping to add to his tally at Anfield on Saturday.

Is Mourinho right to be angry?

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Abdullah Mulla

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