The new United boss is desperate to create an intimidating atmosphere — starting with tonight’s first home Premier League clash against Southampton.United’s world-record £89million signing Paul Pogba is set to make his debut.
Mourinho said: “If, at Old Trafford, a couple of thousand away fans can be more noisy than 70,000 at home then we’re in trouble.
“It means there is no connection. Everything starts with the relation between team and fans.If the fans feel that connection — they want to play. If the fans play, then there is no chance for the opponent.”
Sir Alex’s Ferguson’s final three seasons in charge of United saw the team drop 21 points at home.In the three seasons since he retired they have dropped 53.
United legend Roy Keane famously hit out at United’s fans — dubbing some the “prawn sandwich brigade” — following a 1-0 Champions League win over Dynamo Kiev in 2000.
Keano, who was then a key part of the United engine room, raged: “Sometimes you wonder, do they understand the game of football? Away our fans are fantastic,
“At home they have a few drinks, and probably the prawn sandwiches, and don’t realise what’s going on out on the pitch.”Mourinho has lost just five Prem home games out of 106.They all came in his chequered second spell with Chelsea.The Special One insists Pogba, 23, is ready to go against Saints tonight.He missed the first game due to a ban carried over from Serie A but is likely to start on the bench.
Another new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to make his first start.Mourinho said: “Paul has been training for more than a week, ten or 11 days, we played Leicester with some who had less training than that.”