Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has taken yet another pop at the club’s supporters – labelling Old Trafford a ‘quiet’ stadium.
In the aftermath of United’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield in which Alexis Sanchez scored his first goal for the club, the Portuguese boss was keen to note the ‘lack of enthusiasm’ in supporters in celebrating the Chilean’s opening of his account.
“He played only three (matches) and the first at Old Trafford, and I think Old Trafford, in spite of being a quiet stadium, the pitch is big, the grass is nice and obviously the players feel very comfortable playing here,” – via Sky Sports.
Mourinho then went on to suggest that the atmosphere at United is nothing like that of League One side Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
“It’s not Portsmouth. I remember Portsmouth – such a small stadium, the atmosphere was absolutely incredible. In here, the atmosphere is a bit quiet and there is not very (much enthusiasm). But the players like to play at home.”
The comments will do little to relieve the already existing tension between the 55-year-old and the club’s supporter with Mourinho having previously criticised the home crowd for the lack of noise at Old Trafford.
He then rejected the opportunity to meet with the Manchester United Supporter’s Trust to discuss his concerns.
With the former Chelsea manager recently having signed a contract extension that will keep him at United for the foreseeable future, his relationship with the supporters will only improve if fans are given what they have always associated their club with – trophies and attacking football.
While trophies almost a certainty under his stewardship, Mourinho is a divisive character who will win at all costs, even if losing some fans is one of those.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena