Manchester United manager José Mourinho has called for more energy from the Old Trafford crowd ahead of the English Premier League showdown with bitter rival Liverpool on Sunday.
United will entertain title chaser Liverpool on the back of nine straight wins in all competitions, including a 2-0 win over Hull City in the EFL Cup semifinal first leg on Tuesday night—its best run since the era of Sir Alex Ferguson.
But Mourinho said everyone—the crowd and his team—would have to raise their game for Sunday’s fixture. United, unbeaten in 11 Premier League games, will move two points behind second-placed Liverpool with victory.
"It's a special match for us," Mourinho said. "If we play enthusiastic football the fans come to the pitch and play with us. When we don't play with great intensity it is normal that the fans are not so vocal.
"But we have absolutely amazing fans, fans who push us and get behind us.
"Everybody likes big games—players, managers, fans. Everyone loves big matches so let's go for that one on Sunday."
Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini scored against Hull to preserve United’s long unbeaten run, ensuring it will take what could be a decisive advantage to the KCOM Stadium in two weeks’ time.