Man Utd's Mourinho wants fear factor at Old Trafford

Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:40am EDT
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By Ed Dove

(Reuters) - Jose Mourinho has urged Manchester United's players and supporters to reconnect and bring the fear factor back to Old Trafford as he prepares for his first home game in charge against Southampton on Friday.

United have lost 12 home league games in the last three seasons compared with 12 in the final eight years of former manager Alex Ferguson's reign, with teams taking points at Old Trafford with increasing regularity.

Mourinho, who has lost nine home league games over his managerial career, once going more than nine years without a home league defeat, insists that his team can make Old Trafford a fortress again.

"Not me, but the team, yes," Mourinho told journalists on Thursday. "The fans also help. Everything starts there: the relationship between team and fans.

"If there's a connection then the factor of being really strong at home has to come back," he added. "The way we play (helps) and if the fans play (their part) there'll be no chance for the opponent."

Mourinho's reign started with a win on Sunday as a team featuring new additions Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly beat Bournemouth 2-1 away.

He can also call on the world's most expensive signing Paul Pogba against Southampton after confirming that the 89 million pound ($117.12 million) midfielder is available.

Premier League football will be played regularly on a Friday night this season.   Continued...

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe 
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