Jesse Lingard believes Manchester United have turned their home ground Old Trafford into a fortress once more.
With managers David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, teams such as Norwich City, Bournemouth, Newcastle and many, many others came to Old Trafford and took away three points when they shouldn’t have done.
Yet since the arrival of Jose Mourinho, United’s home record has improved, particularly this season with some thrashings of teams at Old Trafford.
“Teams that come here are scared to play, and that’s the vibe we want to give off,” Lingard told MUTV.
“It’s all about getting that consistency now – it’s obviously a huge game at the weekend.
“If we can get the win it’s a huge marker to set down and we need everyone in the squad ready to do that.”
While it’s not the same as it once was, under Sir Alex Ferguson, it’s far more difficult to come to Old Trafford now than it was before Mourinho came. Teams do fear United’s home form, with the Reds dominant and ruthless in front of their own fans.
United are yet to face a big team at home this season, with the only game against a top six rival coming away at Liverpool at Anfield 0–0 draw. Saturday afternoon’s clash against Tottenham Hotspur, who are below United only on goal difference, is the first real test at home this season.
United fans will be hoping for a better and more proactive display from their team against Spurs than they saw at Liverpool.