Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has called out the club’s Old Trafford fans once again ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Benfica.
The boss has been at loggerheads with some of the club’s supporters in recent weeks, particularly over their perceived lack of support towards striker Romelu Lukaku and criticism of the team’s style of play even after defeating Tottenham last weekend.
In a somewhat barbed section of his programme notes for the upcoming match against Benfica, Mourinho remarked that he hoped fans enjoyed the encounter more than they did on Saturday:
Another Mourinho comment on fans in tonight’s United Review: “I hope that you enjoy the game more than some of you did against Tottenham.”
— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) October 31, 2017
Mourinho was critical of the fans’ treatment of Lukaku on Saturday, insisting that he felt the need to protect his player as he continues his mini goal-drought:
“I would like the supporters to explain to me why they don’t support him so much because he gives everything and I think it is not fair when scoring the goal or not scoring the goal makes the whole difference. I don’t think it is fair at all. So I’m a bit disappointed – but not with him. With him [I am] very pleased.”
He also questioned why fans felt the need to boo the fact that Marcus Rashford was substituted during Saturdays match with the score at 0-0, particularly as his replacement Anthony Martial went on to score the late winner:
“I really don’t understand some reactions why. Are they [the fans] Red Devils? Sometimes I don’t know because they [strikers] work amazingly well.”
Mourinho’s latest issues with the fans are unlikely to upset the applecart too much – particularly side in such good form both domestically and in Europe – and can seal qualification to the last 16 of the Champions League with a win against the Portuguese side this week.