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What Jose Mourinho Said To Manchester United Players At Half Time To Inspire Epic Comeback

What Jose Mourinho Said To Manchester United Players At Half Time To Inspire Epic Comeback

Marouane Fellaini has revealed the simple but effective words of wisdom Jose Mourinho sued to inspire the second half comeback against Newcastle United.

The hosts were stunned when Newcastle scored twice in 10 minutes through Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto and it looked the pressure would continue to rise on Jose Mourinho.

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But United were a different animal in the second half and pulled one back through Juan Mata's free-kick in the 70th minute before Anthony Martial levelled matters following a beautiful one-two with Paul Pogba.

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And then with the Old Trafford faithful roaring their team on, the comeback was complete when Alexis Sanchez, United's third and final substitute, headed home his first of the season in stoppage time.

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The level of performance could not have been any more different but according to Fellaini, who replaced Scott McTominay at half-time, Mourinho's team talk was short and sweet.

"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," the Belgian told BT Sport post-match.

"The manager asked us to be men and to not be afraid and just play. That's what we did."

Mourinho, meanwhile, was largely positive at seeing his side produce a superb comeback given recent woes, but he did still have a dig at Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford, both of whom were hooked in the game.

"Marcus Rashford was sad on the pitch, Scott McTominay was scared on the pitch," Mourinho said to BT Sport after the game.

"Even older players commit mistakes that are not normal.

"At half-time we had a good conversation. We didn't promise that we would win the match. We promised we would give absolutely everything without any fear, without any pressure, just the pressure of giving everything and of course they gave everything."

Has Mourinho relieved some of the pressure on him or is he still destined for the sack?

Sound off in the comments.

Topics: Football News, Jose Mourinho, Football, Manchester United, Marouane Fellaini

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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