Jose Mourinho can have few complaints as he prepares his Manchester United team for their first home game of the season against Southampton on Friday.
The Portuguese got his Old Trafford tenure off to a winning start away to Bournemouth on the opening weekend, plus world-record signing Paul Pogba is available to make his first appearance since joining from Juventus.
Mourinho has said the France international will play some part in tomorrow evening’s clash and expects the home support to give their new man a fitting welcome.
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The 53-year-old has only ever visited the Theatre of Dreams as an opposition manager in a competitive match, but the United faithful are sure to be in full voice as they welcome a host of new players and their new boss to the famous stadium.
But apparently their usual support will not cut it for Mourinho, who has accused United fans of being too quiet and asked them to crank up the decibels and help restore the fear factor at Old Trafford.
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The Special One believes the responsibility of intimidating opposing teams does rest on his shoulders.
“I think everything starts there the relation between the team and the fans,” Mourinho said, as per The Mirror.
“If at Old Trafford a couple of thousand away opponents can be more supportive and noisy than 70-odd thousand, then we are in trouble and it means there is no connection between the team and the supporters.
“If there is a connection, I think that factor of being really strong at home has to be back, but I think everything starts in that relationship between the team and the fans.
“If the fans feel that connection - they want to play. If the fans play their part - no chance for the opponent.”
Mourinho has once again proven he is not afraid to risk riling up his own supporters when it comes to improving stadium atmosphere.
He has also criticised Chelsea fans for their lack of passion at Stamford Bridge early in his second spell in west London, describing their support as “frustrating” and something that makes things “difficult” for the home side.
The decorated manager should have no problems getting some extra volume out of the Old Trafford crowd with new arrivals including Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan sure to be a hit.
Having spent upwards of £150 million on signings this summer, it only seems fair that the Red Devils support will be expecting their team to challenge on all available honours this season – not just the Premier League title.
United are in a similar position to this time last season when Louis van Gaal forked out nearly £125 million in the transfer market and ended up with only the FA Cup to show for it.
But if their performance against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium last weekend is just a taste of things to come, the Red Devils certainly look capable of contending on all fronts this season.
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