Jose Mourinho shares instant bond with “unbelievable” Manchester United fans in debut victory at Wigan

Mourinho Wigan Manchester United

Mourinho Wigan Manchester United

Jose Mourinho instantly bonded with Manchester United fans – by standing in the technical area for the WHOLE game as he made a winning start to his Old Trafford reign.

Dour Dutchman Louis van Gaal infuriated United supporters by staying glued to his seat, endlessly scribbling on his clipboard during his sterile two year stint in charge.

But after just ONE MINUTE of this comfortable pre-season cruise Mourinho had United’s 5,500 travelling contingent eating out his hand as they constantly chanted his name for showing the passion and connection with the players they’ve been crying out for.

It might have been a low-key start for Mourinho who jets off with his stars on Tuesday for a two match tour of China and there will be tougher challenges.

But he couldn’t have been happier at the fan reaction – and second half goals by youngsters Will Keane and Andreas Pereira which sealed victory in his first game.

“My reaction is that honestly I would prefer the fans to go with the players. I prefer them to go with the team, I prefer them to go with Man United” said Mourinho.

“They are the ones on the pitch and they are the ones that need support and if I could tell them that I would tell them directly: first the players. I am the last one after them.

“But it is nice to feel welcome and that they are behind the team. They were unbelievable. For the first time in my career to see that support in a friendly…. it was like a crucial Premier League match. Unbelievable.”

Mourinho was also impressed his stars quickly showed a grasp of what he wants from them even though he played a different team in each half using all 22 of his players.

“It is nice to feel that the things I liked in the game they also liked, you could feel from some of their reactions that they liked it. But lets go step by step.

“It was very good. The result was not the most important thing obviously, but we prefer to win than lose.

“I am happy because after 10 days of work without many of our players, I could see things. I could see things that they started identifying and were trying to play my football.

“They started thinking about the football the same way I do and that pleased me. The players are trying to go in the direction I want them to goand do things I want them to do in defence and attack so I am happy.”

New signings Henrikh Mhkitaryan and Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly had impressive debuts – but it was one of Mourinho’s old boys – Juan Mata – who made the break-through.

Despite total first half dominance and a bad miss from Memphis Depay, it was goal-less until second half sub Mata cut out a pass from veteran Wigan keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. The Spaniard teed-up youngster Will Keane for the easiest goal he’ll score and less than ten minutes later it was 2-0.

Midfield youngster Andreas Pereira smashed a 58th minute shot high into Wigan’s net from inside the box to put United in cruise control.

And Mourinho had a special mention for Luke Shaw who returned from his horrific double leg break suffered ten months ago in Holland.

“When I found Luke at the training ground it was a surprise for me because I thought he couldnt be ready to train without any type of limitation but he did fantatic in the summer.

“He sacrificed his holiday, stayed in Manchester and was at the training ground every day putting himself in condition.