Manchester United's players were screaming at each other at half time against Liverpool, reveals Schneiderlin
Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has revealed that the Red Devil players were shouting at each other in the dressing room at half-time against Liverpool. Louis van Gaal’s men were abject in the first half, and their performance resulted in some strong words being spoken to correct United’s performance in a historic derby.
Speaking to MUTV, Schneiderlin revealed the dressing room clamour, saying “In the first half, we didn't win enough second balls. Sometimes we won the first ball but not the second ball. 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. In the second half we did what we had to do. We scored one goal, stayed strong and, at the end, it is three points which is amazing.”
The raised voices ultimately worked, as United stole a victory with Wayne Rooney’s 78th minute goal, resulting in wild celebrations. United’s dressing room was probably a much happier place after the full time whistle.
Sakho corroborates Schneiderlin’s version of events
Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho confirmed the cacophony in United’s dressing room, as the defender spoke to French TV channel Canal+, saying “Football is cruel sometimes but that's the way it is. We have to make do with it. We have to lift our heads and there's another match waiting for us on Wednesday.”
“United were very lucky today and they know it. We could hear them shouting in the dressing room at half-time, because I think today we ate them. But maybe we lacked a little more aggression and a bit more of a winning mentality to kill the game.”
“All they needed was one chance where we weren't there on the second ball and they were able to profit from that chance.”
Sakho was naturally disappointed to have lost the game, as the Frenchman put in a masterful display and was one of Liverpool’s best performers. The 1-0 result meant that Manchester United climbed to fifth in the table on 37 points, two points behind fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur, while Liverpool continue to languish in 9th position on 31 points.