Sir Alex Ferguson might have gone but it seems Wayne Rooney and Louis van Gaal are the ones dishing out the hairdryer treatment in the Manchester United dressing room these days.
United’s players were in need of a rocket after their lacklustre first-half display against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon and it was provided by the captain and manager in the visitors’ dressing room at Anfield.
Rooney has revealed what he and Van Gaal told the rest of the squad before the second half - and their words clearly had the desired effect as United went on to secure all three points from the contest.
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"The performance wasn’t that important today; all that matters today was the victory,” Rooney was quoted as telling MUTV by United’s official website. “I think we knew how important it was and there were a few reminders [at half-time] from myself and the manager that ‘this is Liverpool we are playing, we need to tackle more and get to the ball quicker’.
"I think we did that in the second half. Liverpool made it tough for us in the first half but we got the chance and we are happy with the win."
Schneiderlin and Sakho reveal half-time commotion
Morgan Schneiderlin has revealed that Manchester United players were screaming at each other during the half-time interval - and this was backed up by Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, who heard all the commotion from the home team’s dressing room.
But the outpouring of emotion obviously worked as United’s players produced a much-improved performance during the second half of the crunch Premier League clash.
Rooney won it for United
Rooney’s close-range finish with just over ten minutes to go sealed a precious, and rather unexpected, away victory for Van Gaal’s side.
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