Club to take action after Mourinho’s pleas
After several complaints from their own manager, Manchester United are working on a couple of ideas to improve the Old Trafford atmosphere. This season Mourinho wasn’t positive about the support given from the fans and voiced his concerns many times. Also, he labelled Old Trafford as a “quiet stadium”.
This is not the first time that Mourinho criticised his own fans regarding their support. Back at Chelsea, he had negative and stern words about Stamford Bridge. This season, Mourinho mentioned the stadium issue twice. The first time back in August after beating Leicester and more recently in the Huddersfield victory. After journalists asked him about Sanchez after the Huddersfield win, Mourinho said: “He played only three matches [since joining from Arsenal in January] and the first at Old Trafford, and 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.”
Furthermore, the journalists asked him to explain what he meant with his “quiet stadium” jibe. Mourinho didn’t hold back and highlighted contrasts with Portsmouth’s Fratton Park.
“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].”
How will United boost atmosphere?
One of the actual ideas to boost the atmosphere is to hand out singing sheets with lyrics to supporters. The sheets will include favourite United chants. Besides the sheets option, the lyrics can be also put on the club’s official website or the match-day programme. The club has in mind to consult their fanbase via a survey prior to taking a decision.
Among other ideas that surfaced, the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust (MUST) suggested to review the ticket pricing, make tickets more affordable for young fans, sit vocal fans together and push for a safe standing area.