Jose Mourinho says he told his Manchester United players to give their shirts to the fans because it’s “Christmas time”.
United players handed their shirts to the travelling fans at The Hawthorns after securing a 2-0 win over West Brom on Saturday.
It represented their fourth successive victory, and lifted the club to just three points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who have a game in hand.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho explained that he told his players to give their shirts to the fans as a gesture of gratitude for their support.
“I told them to do that, [it’s] Christmas time,” he said.
“A shirt for a fan, coming direct from the game with sweat, means a lot.
“For them [United’s players], it is just another shirt that they would give to the kit man, or give to some friend, or they change with some West Bromwich Albion friends.
“I think to a fan it means a lot.
“It is a pity that not everyone can get one, but for the ones who get it, I think it is a great feeling.”