It always feels a bit risky when reporters interview players on the pitch following a triumph.
There’s a high probability that the player being interviewed will end up saying something that would otherwise only be broadcast after the watershed.
And that’s precisely what happened when Joel Castro Pereira, the captain of Manchester United’s Under-21 side, was interviewed after his team were crowned Barclays Under-21 Premier League champions for the third time in four years on Tuesday night following a 3-2 victory at Tottenham.
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The Portuguese goalkeeper was praising his teammates when he suddenly said: “They were f***ing brilliant!”
He then realised his error and held up his hand to the interviewer, before adding: “All of the season.”
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Video: Joel Pereira swears in interview
WARNING: NWS language!
Pereira apologises on Twitter
Pereira later apologised for dropping the F-bomb on live TV via Twitter.
Pereira hails teammates and fans
"It's unbelievable," he told MUTV. "We work as a team. Everyone in the changing room, even those who didn't play. It's an amazing feeling to win this title twice in a row. I said in pre-season, we wanted to retain the title and we did it. Well done everyone. I'd like to thank the fans who support us, they were brilliant and were our 12th man. Respect."
Goals from Donald Love and Andreas Pereira gave United a 2-0 lead, but Warren Joyce’s side found themselves back on level terms later in the match after Will Miller and Joe Pritchard struck for the hosts.
However, a late goal from Guillermo Varela sealed the title for the Red Devils in the most dramatic fashion.
Love hails Warren Joyce
"We never give up so I knew we hadn't blown it but they were two sloppy goals,” Love, who opened the scoring told United’s official website.
“There's no better way to win it. The way we celebrated after the goal showed we're a team as everyone celebrated. All the training and the way Joycey works us has paid off in the end."
United stars hail Under-21s
Meanwhile, some United fans were confused as to how the Under-21 side remains capable of turning in entertaining, match-winning performances and the first team continue to serve up dross on a weekly basis under Louis van Gaal.
United have to beat Palace tonight
Van Gaal’s men currently find themselves fifth in the Premier League table with five matches remaining, four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.
This evening they take on 16th-placed Crystal Palace at Old Trafford and must, to stand any realistic chance of securing a top-four finish, seal all three points.
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