Romelu Lukaku has praised Jose Mourinho's softer side and described the Manchester United manager as 'a family man' off the pitch.
Lukaku linked up with Mourinho for the second time in his career when he joined United in a ￡75million deal from Everton this summer.
The pair endured a testing relationship during their spell together at Chelsea, with Mourinho openly questioning Lukaku's decision to join Everton on loan.
But in an interview with the Premier League Show on BBC2, Lukaku spoke of Mourinho's warmth off the pitch and his admiration for the Portuguese boss.
'[Mourinho] has always been the same, he wants the best from his players every day', said Lukaku, who has scored three goals in his first three games for United.
'He doesn't give his players the time to rest on the pitch. He wants everybody to fight in training and in the game.
'And off the pitch he is really like a family man - someone you can talk to, say whatever you want to say and he's going to listen to you'.
Lukaku was critical of his then-Chelsea boss Mourinho after going on loan to Everton in the summer of 2013, saying it was strange he hadn't heard from his manager.
Mourinho hit back, saying Lukaku was 'a young boy who likes to speak' and encouraging the media to question him over his decision to leave Chelsea.
But despite their problems in the past, Lukaku said he jumped at the chance to work with Mourinho again when United came calling.
'I wanted to play for Mourinho since I was 11,' he said. 'When you get another chance like that, you don't say no. I'm really grateful for the second opportunity'.
'You know the expectations are really high [when you play for United],' Lukaku added. 'But I was mentally prepared, I was just waiting for the opportunity to come'.
United travel to Stoke on Saturday. The Red Devils have won their opening three Premier League games of the season, scoring 10 and conceding none.
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