London - Jose Mourinho urged Manchester United fans to enjoy Tuesday's
Champions League match against Benfica more than the weekend clash at
Old Trafford in an apparent dig at sections of the home support.
hope that you enjoy the game more than some of you did against
Tottenham," Mourinho wrote in his programme notes, referring to the 1-0
Premier League win, a day after defending striker Romelu Lukaku against
apparent fan agitation after a five-game drought.
The game on
Saturday was not a classic but Mourinho used his notes to compliment his
players, adding: "It was an extremely tight game between two big teams,
but I think we got what we deserved for our efforts.
"They gave absolutely everything, so even if we hadn't won, then I would have been proud of them."
24, hit the ground running after completing a big-money move from
Everton, hitting 11 goals in his first 10 matches for United.
United boss said it was unfair that fans "don't support him so much" as,
whether he scores or not, the Belgium international makes a difference.
fans are the fans, and they pay their ticket and are free to express
themselves however they want," Mourinho said on Monday.
job is, when I feel they deserve, to protect my players and I feel
Romelu is one of the players that should be untouchable in terms of the
respect from everyone."
United, second in the Premier League, are
top of Champions League Group A with three wins out of three while
Benfica are winless.
Mourinho's team started off the season scoring freely but they have found goals harder to come by in recent matches.