Smalling Reveals What Mourinho Told Man Utd Stars At HT
Chris Smalling Reveals What Jose Mourinho Told Manchester United Stars At Half-Time
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has revealed what Jose Mourinho told his dressing room at half-time of the Manchester derby on Saturday to inspire a three-goal comeback that halted Manchester City's title celebrations.
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Smalling himself did not look too good in United's when Vincent Kompany scored City's opener with a thunderbolt header, before Ilkay Gundogan made it 2-0 for Pep Guardiola's side.
The Red Devils looked sluggish in the first 45 minutes and could have been down by three or even four goals, but came back in the second half following a brace from Paul Pogba, before Smalling scored the much-celebrated winner.
The defender has now explained what United boss Mourinho told his troops at half-time to inspire the comeback.
"At half-time, there were a lot of us feeling sorry for ourselves," Smalling told Sky Sports.
"The first half was terrible, we dropped off and didn't play our game and could have been out of sight.
"He didn't have to say too much, he emphasised that we don't want to be the clowns who stand there and see them with their trophy.
"We stepped up. When you make a mistake like that you want a chance to make up for it, you can see the relief in my face.
"You never see him hide and today you saw 11 players stand up."
United's win cut their deficit in the title race to 13 points with six games still to play. This means City's next chance to end the title race will be on Saturday, when they travel to Tottenham Hotspur.
A win for the Citizens could be enough to secure them the Premier League trophy if United fail to win their fixture against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
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