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Manchester United are consulting supporters about how to improve the atmosphere at Old Trafford, with song sheets handed out to supporters one suggestion to be tabled.

United plan to canvass the views of fans in a survey following criticism from manager Jose Mourinho about a lack of noise during home matches.

Speaking at a fans' forum last month, the minutes of which have been published on the club website, head of venue operations Dan Schofield addressed the issue of atmosphere.

"As you will most likely be aware, the atmosphere at Old Trafford is something which has been frequently commented on of late, both in the media and across social networks, and is a subject the club takes very seriously," he said.

"To this end, senior management plans to further discuss this topic with fan groups and other interested parties and stakeholders to listen to concerns, ideas, and then to put forward recommendations to help facilitate positive change.

"However, our view is that, ideally, initiatives should be fan-driven."

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During the FA Cup quarterfinal against Brighton last weekend, a section usually used to seat away supporters was reserved for fans who wanted to create a "loud and vibrant atmosphere," with the move deemed to have been a big success.

A fan representative at the forum also suggested song sheets could be handed out to supporters to encourage more to join in, which Schofield said would be looked into.

Meanwhile, United's corporate media relations manager Andrew Lisgo said the prospect of launching a women's team remained "under review" and that a full update would be provided at the next meeting in May.

United are the only one of the big six Premier League clubs who do not have a Women's Super League side.


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