The former Chelsea boss urged Red Devils fans to turn up in full force for the clash of old foes and he is inviting them to turn up the heat on Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Mourinho admitted after Tuesday’s EFL Cup semi-final with Hull City that he wanted more from the fans, the team and himself, even though the Tigers were beaten 2-0 to leave the Reds in a commanding position going into the second leg.
However, Mourinho believes this weekend’s game against Liverpool promises to be a special occasion and the fans must create a special atmosphere at the Theatre of Dreams.
“I always think that we are responsible for the fans’ participation in the game. It’s our responsibility,” the Portuguese tactician said.
“If we play very, very well or, if we play very enthusiastically, the fans come to the pitch and they play with us. When we don’t play so well or with so much emotion and intensity, it’s normal that the fans relax a little bit.
“We have amazing fans, I can only say fantastic things about them especially because you see the real fans when the moments are not good. When that has happened, we’ve had amazing fans behind us, pushing us and supporting us.
“So we have absolutely amazing fans, but what I feel is that Sunday is a special match for us and a special match for the Manchester United fans so my invitation is don’t come to the theatre, come to play and come to play with us.”
Mourinho will be recalling Swede striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the Liverpool game having missed United’s last two matches.
The 35-year-old is United’s highest goalscorer this season with 18 goals in all competitions. The former Paris Saint-Germain hitman has 13 in the Premier League.