Tuesday 6 December 2016

Revealed : Half-time row in Manchester United dressing room sparked win at Liverpool

Simon Rice

Published 18/01/2016 | 15:05

Referee Mark Clattenburg talks to Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United after a clash with Lucas Leiva of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield
Referee Mark Clattenburg talks to Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United after a clash with Lucas Leiva of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates at full time with teammates Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine

Manchester United players were "screaming and shouting" at each other during half-time of their 1-0 win at Liverpool, it was revealed today.

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United produced a disjointed first-half display on Sunday and were lucky to be level at the interval, prompting furious discussions in the visitors' dressing room at Anfield.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho said: "United were lucky and they know it. We could hear them shouting in the dressing room at half-time."

Louis van Gaal's team turned things around after half-time and claimed an important victory courtesy of Wayne Rooney's 78th-minute goal, but not before some home truths were exchanged.

Morgan Schneiderlin explained that it was United's failure to win back possession that was particularly infuriating the team.

"In the first half, we didn't win enough second balls. Sometimes we won the first ball but not the second ball," he said.

"When we came into the dressing room after the first half, there was some screaming and shouting but of course that is normal because in a derby you cannot lose the battle.

"Liverpool are a very high-pressing team and we knew if we kept a clean sheet we would have a chance to win the game."

That United were able to keep a clean sheet was in no small part down to the heroics of goalkeeper David de Gea.

The Spaniard made four saves against Liverpool, and Schneiderlin has no doubts his team-mate will be staying at Old Trafford, despite rumoured interest from Real Madrid.

"David is a very important player in our squad," the United midfielder told MUTV.

"We are very happy to have him and happy that he didn't go last summer. He is fully committed to this football club.

"When you have a player like this in goal, it's good for us because we know we are not going to concede many goals and he is going to make some saves."

The win at Anfield moved United up a place in the Premier League table to fifth and to within two points of the Champions League places.

Independent News Service

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