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Jose Mourinho wants vocal supporters at Old Trafford for Liverpool game

MANCHESTER, England -- Jose Mourinho has again questioned Manchester United's home support after suggesting the club should make sure the travelling fans who were so vocal at Crystal Palace on Monday attend the game against Liverpool this weekend.

The United manager has repeatedly criticised the atmosphere at home games and branded Old Trafford "a quiet stadium" after the 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town last month.

Mourinho's team face three key home games in eight days -- Liverpool in the Premier League, Sevilla in the Champions League and Brighton in the FA Cup.

And the 55-year-old has called on the fans to create an atmosphere on Saturday similar to the one generated during the dramatic 3-2 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

"I think [Liverpool and United] both want to finish top four but we both want to finish second, so I think it is a big game, and then Seville knockout and Brighton knockout so we have three matches at Old Trafford," Mourinho told MUTV.

"If possible, [we should] give some tickets to the United fans that were [at Selhurst Park]."

Mourinho made a similar plea to United fans ahead of Liverpool's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford last season.

The Portuguese coach told supporters, "Don't come to the theatre. Come to play, play with us."

Sources have told ESPN FC that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has held talks with Mourinho to discuss his comments about the atmosphere at Old Trafford.

The Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) have been pushing the club to put in place measures to help improve the atmosphere, such as allowing groups of vocal fans to sit together and reconfiguring the stadium to remove executive seats from the Stretford End.

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.

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