Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has refused the chance to meet with disgruntled fans to discuss the atmosphere inside Old Trafford following an invitation from a supporters group, stating it is simply not possible.
The tension between the 54-year-old and the Red Devils faithful has been rising over recent weeks, with the Portuguese manager stating in his programme notes before their Champions League clash with Benfica midweek: "I hope that you enjoy the game more than some of you did against Tottenham."
The reaction from the three-time Premier League managerial champion came following criticism directed towards him from a small pocket of United fans during the substitution of Marcus Rashford for Anthony Martial in his side's 1-0 win over Spurs.
There were a small number of boos evident within Old Trafford as the change was made, and after the full-time whistle, following the French striker's winner, Mourinho was witnessed "shushing" towards a television camera.
Alongside that, the lack of entertaining football witnessed by Manchester United fans at this present moment has also caused frustration amongst some of those inside the 'Theatre of Dreams', resulting in a call from the Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) to meet with the 54-year-old.
However, following the invitation the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss declined the meeting.
"I cannot meet a quarter of the planet", Mourinho told a press conference, as cited by Sky Sports.
"I think a quarter of the planet is Manchester United red. I cannot meet them."
There is little doubt that the hostility the 'Special One' has received from his own fans over recent weeks will be comparable to the reception expected on Sunday as United make the trip to Chelsea.
On his first return since being sacked by the Blues the animosity inside Stamford Bridge was there for all to see, and without doubt the Red Devils boss will be expecting the same again.