Romelu Lukaku believes José Mourinho sees him as a "sergeant on the pitch" at Manchester United. The 24-year-old has been a key part of Mourinho's plans this season since joining from Everton for a reported initial fee of £75million, starting 28 of United's 29 Premier League games in 2017-18.
Lukaku has scored 23 goals in all competitions but has regularly been praised by his manager for his work rate and overall contribution to the team. The Belgium international thinks it is that sort of selfless "solider mentality" that has made him indispensable to his manager at Old Trafford.
"I think the manager in his mind thinks that I'm like his sergeant on the pitch, and that's strange for a striker because it's usually the midfielders," he told Sky Sports.