Man Utd fan group release statement for Jose Mourinho regarding jibes

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Manchester United Supporters' Trust (MUST) issued a statement on Wednesday, responding to Jose Mourinho's recent taunts of the Old Trafford support.

The former Chelsea coach was hugely complimentary about the Manchester United fans during his first season in charge.

However, Mourinho has complained about the home support recently and had a message for the paying customers in his Tuesday programme notes: "I hope that you enjoy the game more than some of you did against Tottenham."

The Red Devils beat Benfica 2-0 but - despite their strong start to the season - their is a negative atmosphere forming around Old Trafford, largely due to Mourinho's jibes at the fans.

To the bemusement of Manchester United fans, the enigmatic coach admitted he was "disappointed" in the fans support of summer signing Romelu Lukaku.

Whilst in charge at Chelsea, Mourinho famously described playing at Stamford Bridge as like “like playing in an empty stadium".

MUST have offered to send representatives to meet Mourinho in an effort to better understand the 54-year-old's grievances.

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"There are differing views amongst supporters on precisely how to interpret the manager's comments," MUST said in a statement to Press Association Sport. "However it's probably fair to say there is a universal desire within the stadium to see atmosphere improved just as there is at other Premier League clubs.

"There are a number of factors that have contributed to atmosphere decline over the decades, some of which could be addressed with better cooperation between clubs and supporters.

"MUST would certainly appreciate the opportunity to engage with the manager, as part of our existing dialogue with other club officials, on issues around atmosphere and would be more than happy to meet to discuss his concerns."

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On their website, MUST describe themselves as a "democratic, not-for-profit organisation of United supporters in the mould of supporters' trusts across the UK."

The volunteer-run trust helped introduce a singing section at Old Trafford from the beginning of the 2014/15 season.

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