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Jose Mourinho has reacted to statement made by Man United fans about him

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Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho has sent a message to the Old Trafford faithful, and in particular the Manchester United Supporters' Trust (MUST).

The fan group had requested a meeting with the former Chelsea coach following controversial comments made about the home support.

"I hope that you enjoy the game more than some of you did against Tottenham," Mourinho wrote in his programme notes ahead of the 2-0 win over Benfica.

To the bemusement of the Manchester United die-hards, Mourinho had previously told reporters that he was "disappointed" in the fans backing of summer signing Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku, 24, has failed to score in his last six outings but will be hoping to find the back of the net once again when he returns to Stamford Bridge this weekend.

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

"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.

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"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."

Mourinho responds to MUST

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Speaking ahead of Sunday's tricky trip to Chelsea, Mourinho explained why he has no intention of sitting down with the Manchester United Supporters' Trust, or any other United fan.

“I cannot meet how many millions [of United fans],” Mourinho told reporters. “I think a quarter of the planet is Manchester United Red, I cannot meet a quarter of the planet.

“The only thing I can do is what I’ve done since day one – fight for the club, give everything I have, to get as much support as I can for my players – because we are fighting hard and working hard. That’s the only thing that I can do and that’s the only thing we can promise.”

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The Red Devils are 2nd in the Premier League table and beat Tottenham 1-0 last weekend to keep the pressure on rivals Manchester City.

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