Jose Mourinho “has done a lot” for Manchester United, says Romelu Lukaku, with the Portuguese deserving respect for the job he oversaw.
Having been handed the reins at Old Trafford in the summer of 2016, a proven coach delivered three trophies in his debut campaign.
He was left empty-handed in his second, but returned United to the Premier League’s top four as they finished as runners-up behind record-breaking champions Manchester City.
Mourinho was expected to build on that platform, but endured a testing start to the 2018-19 campaign and was relieved of his duties in December.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has impressed as his successor, overseeing eight successive victories, but Lukaku is reluctant to be drawn on the differences between the manager who signed him for £75 million ($99m) and the one currently at the helm.
The Belgium international striker told Eleven Sports: “I’m not going to compare the two managers.
“I believe that Mourinho has done a lot for this club.
“He won trophies, so I have a lot of respect for him.
“He is the coach who signed me.”