Jose Mourinho questioned Manchester United’s supporters after suggesting that Old Trafford was too quiet during Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Leicester City.
United are top of the table after substitutes Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini scored in the final 20 minutes against stubborn opponents.
At one stage, it looked as if Leicester would hold on for a point, with their goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel saving a penalty from Romelu Lukaku early in the second half.
Mourinho admitted that he missed Rashford’s opening goal as he was giving instructions to Jesse Lingard, who was about to come on as a substitute.
But in discussing that moment, the United manager also expressed surprise that a crowd of 75,021 fans did not make more noise.
He said: “I didn’t see the first goal. I was speaking with Lingard because Lingard was going to be the next player to come in.
“I saw the ball in the net and all the guys jumping around. It was the first time I saw the crowd. They were very quiet today.
“It was easy to know that was a goal because it was the first time I really understood the stadium was full.”
United have won all three of their Premier League matches so far, scoring 10 goals and conceding none.
They also appear to have developed a more ruthless streak, having drawn 15 league matches last season as they finished sixth.
Mourinho believes his players deserve credit for subduing a Leicester side who had scored five times in their first two matches, losing 4-3 at Arsenal before beating Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0.
The visitors’ England striker Jamie Vardy had few chances to impress as United centre-backs Eric Bailly and Phil Jones marked him out of the game.