Jose Mourinho, Ed Woodward discuss Old Trafford atmosphere - sources
MANCHESTER, England -- Jose Mourinho and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward have met to discuss the Manchester United manager's comments about the atmosphere at Old Trafford, sources have told ESPN FC.
Mourinho has repeatedly criticised the atmosphere at home games since taking over at United and branded Old Trafford "a quiet stadium" following a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town earlier this month.
Sources have told ESPN FC that Woodward has sought talks with Mourinho to discuss the issue and give the 55-year-old a chance to air his grievances.
According to sources, Mourinho has asked for a detailed history of the atmosphere problems at Old Trafford and charged members of his backroom staff with speaking to supporters around Manchester in a bid to better understand the problem.
Sources have told ESPN FC that Mourinho has been impressed with United's away following since joining the club but feels more vocal support at home would benefit his team.
Privately, he has asked Woodward and members of his staff to find out what else he and the players can do to help improve the atmosphere.
In November, Mourinho turned down an invitation to meet supporters to discuss his comments, saying he could not meet "a quarter of the planet."
It came after Mourinho questioned fans' reaction to Romelu Lukaku during the 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
The Portuguese coach said he would stop his criticism of supporters ahead of the Manchester derby at Old Trafford in December before reopening the debate following the win over Huddersfield.
United introduced a permanent "singing section" at Old Trafford ahead of the 2014-15 season in an attempt to boost the atmosphere.
The Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) have also put pressure on the club to expand the stadium, remove executive seats from the middle of the Stretford End and allow larger groups of vocal fans to sit together.
United have agreed to allow supporters to request a move into L Stand -- where away fans would usually be housed -- for the FA Cup quarterfinal tie with Brighton next month.
MUST hope the trial will convince the club to reconfigure the seating plan at Old Trafford an incorporate groups of louder fans throughout the stadium.
Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.