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Romelu Lukaku slams ‘soft’ players who can’t handle criticism

Are modern players soft?

Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku has hit out at players in football who are unable to take criticism due to feeling ‘attacked’.

The Belgian star has been impressing of late, mainly on the international stage.

Though, it is his relationship with Jose Mourinho that has helped him a lot at Manchester United.

Mourinho has taken criticism for the way he handles his players, mainly Marcus Rashford of late.

Now, Romelu Lukaku has claimed that he can take criticism well but sometimes other footballers ‘get soft a little bit.’

Marcus Rashford sent off vs Burnley

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United is consoled by Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United as he is sent off during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Manchester United at Turf Moor on September 2, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

‘A manager cannot say what he wants to a player…’

Speaking today, Lukaku has claimed that he’s tough enough to take criticism.

He also defended Jose Mourinho and claimed that he doesn’t understand ‘why people don’t like the realness about him.’

“Sometimes footballers, we get soft a little bit,” Lukaku claimed, as quoted by the Daily Mirror. 

“If I listen to players from back in the day and now, a manager cannot say what he wants to a player because you feel attacked.

“But I don’t feel attacked, because that’s who I am – I’m a tough man, that comes from my background.

“My relationship with him [Mourinho] is cool. He makes me laugh, he makes the players laugh, he’s a real family guy.

“People need to appreciate that, at least there are people who are real in this world like him.

“Because most of the managers in the league, when they’re not happy they try to find a way to seem happy.

“What I like about him is he’s not going to fake his emotions. 

“I don’t understand why people don’t like the realness about him. When he’s mad at me I know he’s mad at me, and I try to do what he wants so he’s happy again.”


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