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Man United's Romelu Lukaku: Jose Mourinho says I'm his sergeant on the pitch

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Jose Mourinho was pleased with his Manchester United's reaction after half-time, but rued their defensive instability throughout the match.

Romelu Lukaku told Sky Sports that Jose Mourinho views him as "his sergeant on the pitch" and that he has the full trust of the Manchester United manager.

Lukaku, interviewed by Thierry Henry in advance of United's game against Liverpool on Saturday, said that the relationship between the manager and striker is solid.

"It has been really good, [because] I think he knows I have like that soldier mentality," Lukaku said. "I think the work rate that I am delivering to the team is a lot.

"I think the manager, in his mind, thinks that I am like his sergeant on the pitch, and that's strange for a striker because normally, it's always the midfielders. But he knows that he can count on me whenever and he knows that I will always put the team first, ahead of myself."

Lukaku has scored in each of his last two games and has 24 goals in all competitions in his first season with United following a move from Everton in July.

Romelu Lukaku has made 42 appearances, with 37 starts, in his first season at Manchester United.

He has said in the past that he will not get the respect he believes he deserves until his club wins silverware.

Speaking with Henry, his assistant manager with the Belgium national team, Lukaku thinks he can do so with United -- and that is something he has shared with Mourinho.

"That's something that I told him," Lukaku said. "I said, 'For me, the team is the most important thing.' My desire to win is bigger than ever now since I came to this club. I always wanted to win.

"I always wanted to chase trophies and I always put that in front of my personal objectives. He knows that, and I think that's the reason why I'm playing all the time."

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