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Now that he is manager of mighty Manchester United, his attempts to encourage fans to support his own players need to be crafted with a little more class. The centre-forward created Anthony Martial's 81st-minute victor and Mourinho also pointed to how the Belgian was hard for Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen to deal with. And my job - when I feel they deserve it - is to protect my players.

"I think Romelu is one of the players that should be untouchable in terms of the respect of everyone".

Manchester United struggled to make the breakthrough against a resilient Spurs team, although Harry Kane's absence helped the Red Devils' bid to return to winning ways.

"But, as I said, the supporters pay for their tickets so [they are free to do as they want]".

- Playing football for a striker isn't just about scoring goals - Mourinho. "They pay the ticket they can do what they want".

Mourinho continued: 'I must protect them when they deserve it and Romelu always deserves it.

Manchester United's star striker joined his team-mates as they arrived at the five-star hotel in Salford ahead of their Champions League clash at home to Benfica.

"I don't think it is fair at all".

"Ask Vertonghen and Alderweireld if he was quiet, and they are some of the best centre-backs in football".

Mourinho still has a strong squad to choose from tomorrow as he looks to secure a win over Benfica that would book their place in the knockout stages having already picked up maximum points from their three group games so far. They go to Chelsea on Sunday in the Premier League but Mourinho said: "Nobody here thinks about another match than Benfica".

French global Pogba picked up a hamstring injury during the Red Devils' Champions League victory over Basel last month, with initial reports suggesting that the 24-year-old would be ruled out for somewhere between 6 and 8 weeks.