The Manchester United Supporters Trust are offering some suggestions about what could possibly be done to improve the atmosphere at Old Trafford. Following United’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town A.F.C. United manager Jose Mourinho labeled the stadium as “quiet.”
Since arriving at United in May of 2016, Mourinho has sometimes been at odds with the supporters. The Portugese will make comments in news conferences, and sometimes the Manchester United Supporters Trust will respond by issuing public statements. Obviously, both are on the same page ultimately, so they need to work together towards achieving their common goal- making the atmosphere as exciting as possible for those in red at the Theatre of Dreams, and a tough place to play for the visitors.
There are always tweaks being made to try and electrify the atmosphere. The next initiative is to let supporters have the opportunity to sit in a section of the stadium typically reserved for away fans during the FA Cup sixth round against Brighton. It’s the perfect match to experiment around with. If all goes well, some changes could be made that might be implemented for Premier League contests.
Said Ian Stirling, Vice Chairman of MUST: “It is an experiment to show the club that if we can get groups of mates who want to be vocal sat together we can create the atmosphere we say we can.”
“There are other things that need to happen, like moving the executive seats from the centre of the Stretford End, but we think that if we can get groups of like-minded fans sat together we can improve the atmosphere. It’s about showing the club we can deliver the atmosphere we say we can if they help us.”
On their official website, MUST describes themselves as:
“a democratic, not-for-profit organisation of United supporters in the mould of supporters’ trusts across the UK. But what this really means is that we’re supporters — just like you. Read more about the people that keep us going.”
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