Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini admits Jose Mourinho’s halftime team talk sparked their revival for victory over Newcastle United.
A frank dressing room message to his players seemingly inspired a sensational turnaround as goals by Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Snachez ended a wait of five games without a win.
“The manager asked us to be men and to not be afraid and just play. That’s what we did,” said Fellaini.
“The first half was a difficult moment for us, but we were more aggressive in the second half and we played more direct and created more chances.”
Mourinho told MUTV: “I think at half-time we opened our hearts. We spoke two minutes about the tactical changes we were going to make, and we spoke eight minutes about other things that I thought let the players a little more free to face the second half.
“And 3-2, amazing, but if it was 2-2 I think the feeling would be the same. Always leaving going home with the head high, not hidden, always showing yourself, and that is the feeling when you play with the dignity the boys did in the second half.