After Manchester United beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 in Saturday afternoon’s Premier League meeting, Jose Mourinho has criticised the atmosphere at Old Trafford, suggesting Portsmouth’s stadium Fratton Park is better for noise – a side currently in League One.
The Red Devils picked up all three points at home to the newly-promoted Terriers, but Mourinho had a gripe with the support. When asked about new signing Alexis Sanchez scoring his first goal for the club, the United boss said the fans didn’t play their part in welcoming him to the Theatre of Dreams.
“He played only three (matches) and the first at Old Trafford. 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,” he said, reports talkSPORT.
“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.”
It’s not the first time Mourinho has called out the fans for a lack of support, and it likely won’t be the last. However, the Portuguese coach does risk upsetting a number of supporters who play their part in games. It’s a lose-lose situation taking aim at fans, but at least he had a victory to back it up.
Manchester United have been strong on home soil this season nevertheless, boasting 10 wins and two draws from 13 in the league at Old Trafford. The Red Devils’ victory over Huddersfield sees them hold on to second place in the table, narrowing the gap to leaders Manchester City to 13 points.