Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho once again criticised the atmosphere at Old Trafford after Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Huddersfield.
Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring in the 55th minute before Alexis Sanchez marked his United home debut with his first goal for the club.
Asked afterwards about Sanchez, Mourinho said: ‘He played only three (matches since joining from Arsenal) 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.’
When then asked to explain his comments, Mourinho replied: ‘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). But the players like to play at home.’
Already this season, Mourinho’s comments about the atmosphere at Old Trafford have included him saying United supporters were ‘very quiet’ during the 2-0 win over Leicester in August.
He also, after the 1-0 win over Tottenham in October, expressed his unhappiness with United fans over what he regarded as unfair treatment of Lukaku.
Following Lukaku’s fine left-footed finish on Saturday, Sanchez got on the scoresheet when he tucked the loose ball in having seen his penalty attempt – a spot-kick he had won – parried by Jonas Lossl.
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.
‘I don’t think it is a dream goal for Alexis – every player prefers to score a penalty. But it also shows his attention to detail, his reaction and his desire. So for me, that’s fine.’
Mourinho felt it had been a ‘solid’ team performance from United in a match that was preceded by a minute’s silence for the victims of the Munich air disaster — the 60th anniversary of which is on Tuesday — and saw the players wearing black armbands as a mark of respect.