Tickets for the Manchester United home match against Juventus (and Cristiano Ronaldo) last month went for the black market for £ 250. For the Tuesday Champions League match against Young Boys, they are still sold in general.
Vacant seats – a rare look for the Champions League in Old Trafford – although we do not speak empty blocks like in Manchester City, which were thrown away for their 41,000 crowd as the Champions League opener against Lyon.
Manchester United's equivalent support has a very solid baskets – Barcelona and Real Madrid, the other two clubs that can call themselves the largest in the world, have much more variations than United – but cracks are beginning to show at Old Trafford.
It's easy to see why. Watching Manchester United at home has become a crowd. Not only did the team reach time for their two previous European home home games, and also scored. Games against horses such as Valencia or Juventus should be highlights of season, and do not remind how far the strengths have fallen.
In the Premier League, United has managed only eight home goals – only five other teams have scored less. In the Carabao Cup, United United was eliminated home by the second tier, Derby County.
The club has won three out of nine home games this season and can not score in four of them. It would be damn if the football was entertaining, but it rarely was. It's as bad as it was under Louis van Gaal.
"If you feel that pressure is waiting at home and when I said at home, I'm not saying a stadium at home, I'm home at home and watching on TV," said Mourinho at a news conference Monday. "When people come to support, come along. I do not feel weights to play at home."
One United was taken off the field after the unwanted Saturday wear of Palace Palace, which has won only two games each season. It was not a mass boost, but the assault from the fans who had obviously hit the 3-0 August home to Spurs, had gone. Unified supporters have resigned, stunned and antipathetic.
I met a group of Palace fans at Piccadilly Station traveling back to London after a Saturday game. "What's on the ground happening in your club?" they ask. "It seems like a club losing its soul. What kind of football do you try to play? Why is the atmosphere so calm?" And these are genuine questions.
There are plenty of fans in Old Trafford trying to make their part to make some noise. Following the work between MUST, the Red Army and the club, there will be 1200 other seats available at Stretford End of the next season for a vocal section.
But Old Trafford is flawed in the famous guttural wires when the team flows on because they have stopped doing so to a large extent. Jose Mourinho fits correctly with Palace Palace on their compliance and because it is difficult not tied, but more opposition is expected against the Palace status and the net performance was not one off: United is closer to Fulham below the board or the top of Manchester City side. And the fans do not know it.
There is flat on the field and at the stalls in United. He started earlier this year after the defeat to Sevilla and spread as fans see the constraints of their assembly team and underperformance.
This side, with the second most expensive salary bill in world football, has given their worst start to United States for a term in 28 years. It was bad two terms ago when the league was a worse point now after 13 games, but United had won the Community Shield and were on their way to win the League Cup.
Ian Darke gives Jose Mourinho's comments to some of the young stars of Man United in the context when the CC crew discusses the character of the young players.
United was horrible often in the 1980s, but football tickets were cheap at that time. Not now. For their £ 40 or £ 45 at Old Trafford, fans get bored football and win all three games. I can help some Spanish friends to get tickets for the game on Saturday. I apologized for them a day later. As a fan of myself, I want great visitors and get rid of a visit to Old Trafford, do not go away thinking about why they would even worry.
There are deep costumes now among fans; Failure managers and failed players have seen that. There is no optimism that a counterfeit to the January transfer market can help because of high-speed high-speed rates. Alexis Sanchez was a great player in Barcelona and Arsenal; It does not look like it now. Paul Pogba should be a great player; it does not look like it either. If Unitedhow managed to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona in the New Year, it's probably the same as turning the average.
United fans just want to enjoy watching their team again, especially at home, but there is a bit of joy. And while the loyalty of the fans is a huge virtue, it is also a scandal. Fans go to games because that's what they do. They talk so much about not renewing their season tickets, but they often talk about they can not break their bond – they support their team through thick and thin.
Previous managers have lost their jobs because they have lost the crowd, but what if United replaces Mourinho? United is not the only manager in a club that turns around celebrity rather than simply a player that fits into a system – because, nobody, really, is know what the United system is in these days.
It is unlikely that any new manager or new signage could turn things out when the problems appear running so deeply. United will become good again but it takes much more than anyone expected and there is no light at the end of the tunnel for the fans long-suffering only.