Jose Mourinho believes that scoring in his first Champions League match for Manchester United will keep Romelu Lukaku’s confidence at a high level.
The commanding Belgian registered the second of United’s goals as they returned to Europe’s showpiece tournament with a dominant 3-0 win over Basel.
With Lukaku having now found the net five times in the same amount of games across all competitions since moving to Old Trafford, Mourinho says that these results will only generate further momentum among his attackers.
“For strikers it’s important, their performances are many times analysed by scoring or not scoring,” he told reporters after the match.
“I’m happy with his performance overall…but the reality is that it’s nice for him, nice for [Marcus] Rashford [to] score goals.
“[It was the] first match for them in the Champions League and [to] score a goal I think is also a nice moment for them.”
The triumph came at a price for the Reds Devils though, with Mourinho suspecting that Paul Pogba was forced off the pitch in just the 19th minute due to a hamstring injury.
“I don’t know honestly, but by experience, just by looking and feeling it – I think it’s a hamstring [injury],” he added.
“Big, small, I don’t know, but a hamstring for sure.”