Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says that an affection for West Brom muted Romelu Lukaku’s celebrations after scoring against them in Sunday’s 2-1 win.
The Belgian striker opened the scoring at the Hawthorns, where he spent the 2012/13 season on loan from Chelsea, scoring 17 goals in 35 Premier League appearances.
“I didn’t celebrate too,” Mourinho said. “Nobody was happier than me, it’s just a question of profile.
“I am happy, I’m happy with the victory. But 15 years ago I look at myself celebrating goals and now I feel a little ashamed with that, but with maturity, you go into levels where you control your emotions better. Unless, I repeat, you score a winning goal in the last stage of a game.
“Also, I think Romelu had the fact that he was a happy kid at West Brom. He was a kid that was given all the conditions here to have the evolution he had. So probably in the back of his mind is that love for the club.”
United had a tough game against the Baggies, which Mourinho credited to the lingering influence of former manager Tony Pulis, who was recently replaced by Alan Pardew.
“We were the best team, but I knew before the game that this team would be really dangerous on set pieces,” Mourinho added. “Tony is an expert on that, his teams are strong physically, and we knew they could create that problem anytime.”