Manchester United ace Daley Blind has revealed that Wayne Rooney’s pre-match speech prior to the derby clash with Manchester City helped spur the Red Devils to victory last weekend.
Heading into the fixture United had a horrid recent record against their noisy neighbours, having lost their last four encounters. However Louis van Gaal’s in-form side managed to emerge triumphant with an inspirational 4-2 victory, leaving them well on course for Champions League qualification.
Rooney words of wisdom
As relayed by ESPN Blind has confirmed that captain Rooney might well have had a big part to play in motivating his teammates immediately before they did battle at Old Trafford. According to the Dutchman the England skipper saved his words of wisdom until just before the teams went out.
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"Everyone knew how important this game was because of the history of the last four games," Blind said.
"And Wayne Rooney mentioned that just when we got outside and I think everyone is sharp at the point and before the game but it brings a little bit extra more feeling with it."
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"He just mentioned it in the dressing room before the game to all the players. It is still something that you have in mind when you go on to the pitch."
Importance of Rooney
Given his status as arguably United’s most experienced player, and certainly one of Van Gaal’s most senior squad members, it’s no wonder that Rooney took it upon himself to rally the troops heading into what might turn out to be the biggest game of their season.
In the latest edition of the Manchester derby United looked far more unified than they have done in recent showings, and they’ve proven over the course of the last few fixtures that they’re more than capable of taking points off of big teams now.
Their recent victims include Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, whilst Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea will provide their next major challenge come the weekend. In that game it might take more than just inspirational words from Rooney to ensure that the Red Devils are a match for their opponents on the day, though their six-game winning streak heading into the game at Stamford Bridge should stand them in good stead.
That being said Mourinho’s Blues are top of the table by a clear margin for a reason and despite the fact they were poor against Queens Park Rangers they’re still comfortably the most consistent side in the league.
Figures like Rooney and Blind will have to stand up and be counted once more if United are to stand any chance of coming away from west London with a positive result, and even then the tide may not be in their favour.
Manchester United fans, do you think Rooney can lead you to victory this weekend against Chelsea? How important was he during the derby day victory over City? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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