Wolves attacker Diogo Jota has claimed that Manchester United are now losing their fans to Liverpool and Manchester City in Portugal. The Red Devils, who are set to face Wolves at the Molineux on Monday night, are without a league title since 2013.
“Of course Man United will always be a great team. But when City and Liverpool are winning titles, they have more fans supporting them in Portugal,” Jota told the Mail.
“It has to do with the moment and we have to be honest and say that Liverpool is having a better moment right now than Man United.”
“Everyone likes winners and when the younger fans look at other countries, they like to see a team that is winning like Man City and Liverpool.”
Wolves defeated Manchester United twice in the closing stages last season, but Jota feels United are an improved team from what they were back then.
“This is a new season – nothing to do with matches last season,” he said.
“If you looked at Manchester United in their first game against Chelsea, they looked very strong. I think it’s going to be hard for us. We have to hold them when we need to, then try to get on the attack.”
“United have tried to improve their team and have had time to work with each other in pre-season.”
The Portuguese attacker also reserved praise for Manchester United new-boy Harry Maguire ahead of the clash.
“Of course Harry Maguire has qualities but our job is to try and get past him,” he said.
“Those evaluations for players are hard to explain. The market is unreal but it’s nothing to do with me. It is to do with the clubs and the moment we are living. I know the defenders we have in our team and I trust them.”