Why Jose Mourinho really watched Belgium during international break

Jose Mourinho’s scouting mission

Over the latest international break, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was spotted watching the Belgium vs Iceland game.

A lot of speculation was made of why Mourinho was actually there.

The main theory seemed to be that Mourinho was there to watch Tottenham and Belgium defender, Toby Alderweireld.

Alderweireld was a target of United’s in the summer and given their recent defensive troubles it did make sense that Mourinho was there to watch the centre-back.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 02: Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United reacts after the Group H match of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester United and Valencia at Old Trafford on October 2, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Why Mourinho actually went to Belgium

However, Jose Mourinho has himself since revealed why he actually went to watch Belgium over the break.

The reason Mourinho gave for travelling to Belgium was to watch his striker, Romelu Lukaku.

When speaking about watching Lukaku, Mourinho stated:

“I went, fundamentally, to be with Lukaku, to feel him, to see his situation, his injury.

 “Roberto invited me to meet him, which I decided not to because I don’t like to do disturb people before matches, but I was with Roberto on the phone trying to feel, trying to understand the problem and evolution of the problem.”

Lukaku’s poor form

With Man United 8th in the league, they could really do with their star striker stepping up.

The Belgian did enjoy a solid start to the 2018/19 season, scoring four goals in his first five Premier League games this campaign.


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However, Lukaku has since appeared in six of United’s seven league games and has failed to find the target in any of them.

United’s next game is vs a struggling Crystal Palace side on Saturday and Lukaku and Mourinho will no doubt be keen to end the goal drought.

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