Fans of Manchester United have responded to criticism by manager, Jose Mourinho about the subdued atmosphere at Old Trafford.
Mourinho had said that United’s supporters were “quiet” during Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Huddersfield Town in the Premier League.
The Portuguese had said, “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.” When then asked to explain his comments, Mourinho replied, “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 manager had earlier this season, said United supporters were “very quiet” during the 2-0 win over Leicester in August.
But reacting in a statement, the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust said, “We note our manager’s further comments regarding the poor atmosphere within Old Trafford following the Huddersfield home game.
“The decline in atmosphere is by no means limited to Old Trafford. It’s an issue affecting clubs throughout the country.
“And it’s certainly not an issue specific to Manchester United supporters – our away support is widely acknowledged, by fair minded fans, as the best in the country.
“We believe that atmosphere is primarily dependent on the perceived relationship between fans and club – including the degree of supporter ownership and engagement.
“In the absence of any imminent changes in the former, we therefore concentrate on other areas where we can have an impact in the short to medium term.”
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