Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has hit back at Jose Mourinho’s comments about the fans, who of course claimed the fans needed to be louder and more vocal – yet Giggs disagreed and defended the fans.
Giggs told Sky Sports: “I think first of all, United have the best away fans.
“Obviously at home you get 75,000 so a lot of the fans maybe aren’t regulars and maybe want to be entertained before they support the team.
“The away fans aren’t like that, they support the team with different songs throughout every game.
“Also, when you’re at home you’re often coming up against 11 men behind the ball and you’ve got to be patient as a team and as the crowd.
“It has always been the case in home games when United are struggling to break sides down that you start to get groans when the ball goes backwards.
“What I’d say is it hasn’t changed at Old Trafford, even when we were at our very best.
“The fans will be well up for it when the teams needs them against Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City and Tottenham, but in games like Huddersfield, the players just have to do what is expected and get the job done.”
One thing Mourinho will think when he hears the comments from Giggs – if he even thinks about them at all – is the fact that the former United player expected to be seriously considered for the job – and didn’t have the credentials or reputation to get the support from the board, and could well just be speaking from a case of sour grapes.
The privilege Giggs has shown since deciding to go into management has annoyed many, with his claims of doing better at a bigger club and assuming he will be considered for top roles getting the shackles up on many.
Mourinho, for his part, knows he has nothing to prove as a manager – least of all to Giggs, and will want the United fans to show what they’re made of for the rest of the season.