Published: Mon, February 05, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Manchester United fans respond to Mourinho criticism

Manchester United fans respond to Mourinho criticism

"To stay in this position is not our ambition, but it's the one we're in at this moment and we have to fight to keep it".

It was mostly overlooked at the time, a casualty of the fanfare surrounding Alexis Sanchez's signing a few days earlier, but when Manchester United announced Jose Mourinho had signed a new contract last month, there was a line from the club's executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, praising the manager's commitment to blooding youth.

Speaking on Saturday, Mourinho was asked about new signing Alexis Sanchez before branching off to discuss the crowd.

Mourinho, 55, made the comments after his side won comfortably 2-0 against Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon. "I remember when I was in [the] Premier League and such a small stadium, the atmosphere is incredible and here it is a bit quiet and is not very very enthusiastic, but the players like to play at home".

Romelu Lukaku also netted for United, which seized the chance to close the gap on Manchester City to a still-vast 13 points after the leader was held by Burnley to 1-1.

Sanchez put in a lively individual display overall, and Mourinho said: "He was really enjoying the dynamic of the team and the dynamic he was giving to the team". "Every player prefers to score a penalty. So for me, that's fine".

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'Paul is a fantastic player, one of the most talented in the world, but to sit on the bench one day is not the end of the world.

Paul Pogba remains the biggest deal since the Portuguese succeeded Louis van Gaal, with the midfielder returning from Juventus for a then world-record fee.

Bournemouth consolidated their place in the top 10 by coming from behind to beat Stoke City 2-1 and, on a good day for the south-coast sides, Brighton & Hove Albion beat West Ham United 3-1 to draw level with them on 27 points.

"Scott is a kid who chases the ball hard, and against a team like Huddersfield simplicity sometimes is genius".

"Ready with physio, he was already starting his warming up, so I think he showed the way he took it in a very professional way".

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