Just under 30 minutes into the game at the Hawthorns, Romelu Lukaku sent the ball in, 1-0 for Manchester United, but… no celebration from the scorer, no celebration from the manager. Why? Jose Mourinho explained:
I think Lukaku didn’t celebrate for two reasons. His love for West Bromwich Albion. He was a happy kid here, they help him to feel loved, they made him feel at home. It was here he exploded in the Premier League. So for sure that. And probably the second thing is he looks at me and I don’t celebrate too. And he probably says: ‘If he doesn’t celebrate why should I celebrate?
the Manchester United manager told reporters, having seen his team beat West Brom 2-1, with Jesse Lingard adding a second one for the Red Devils soon after Lukaku’s opener.
I didn’t celebrate either. Nobody was happier than me. Fifteen years ago I look at myself celebrating goals. With maturity you go into levels that you control your emotions better
Mourinho then said, talking about why he, himself, didn’t celebrate the goals.
You get more experienced, you get more balanced. You don’t go crazy when you win. You don’t get depressed when you lose. You are much more stable with experience. Some other managers, they are different, and they don’t change. I change. If I score a goal in the last minute you will see me run, for sure, for sure. But a goal in minute 20-something, 1-0 with a lot to play… Let’s play
the Portuguese said.