Jose Mourinho sends heartfelt message to Man United fans after first win

Jose Mourinho was very impressed by his first glimpse of Manchester United's fans as the club's manager

Jose Mourinho has thanked Manchester United’s fans for their impressive support after his Red Devils side kicked off their pre-season preparations with a 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic.

Mourinho watched his side record a convincing 2-0 victory over the Latics at the DW Stadium as he sealed a win in his first official game in charge of the Red Devils.

The game gave Mourinho the chance to test out various formations and also and debuts to summer signings Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

But aside from the performance on the pitch from his side, Mourinho was most impressed with the display from the United fans who had attended the game.

Speaking in an interview with MUTV on Saturday after the game, Mourinho said: “Best of all was something that I never had before – a friendly match which I could call a training session against opposition and yet there were so many supporters who gave permanent support to the team.

“There was the manifestation of happiness [from them] about a few things they could see in the team which was absolutely fantastic.

“As I said in my [arrival] press conference, I will try to give them everything and I’m sure they will continue to give amazing support to the team.”

United moved quickly to appoint Mourinho as the club’s new manager back in May after their disappointing fifth-placed finish in the Premier League under Louis van Gaal.

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Mourinho signed a four-year deal with United in May following his sacking by Chelsea in December.

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