Jose Mourinho reveals half-time team talk to inspire Manchester United comeback win over Crystal Palace

Mourinho has seemingly learned a thing or two from Sir Alex Ferguson

Jack Austin@jackaustin_1
Tuesday 06 March 2018 09:16
Mourinho was furious with his players at half-time
Mourinho was furious with his players at half-time

Jose Mourinho has revealed his foul-mouthed dressing-room tirade at half-time was behind Manchester United’s dramatic comeback win over Crystal Palace on Monday night.

United fell 2-0 to goals from Andros Townsend and Patrick van Aanholt before scoring three unanswered goals, including a rocket from Nemanja Matic to win the game in the 91st minute at Selhurst Park.

The result saw United jump back ahead of Liverpool into second ahead of the meeting between the two sides at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime.

During Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at United, he became infamous for his ‘hairdryer’ routine if he left his side weren’t performing and Mourinho admitted he gave his team one of his own after a dismal first 45 minutes in south London.

“I cannot tell you half of the things I told my team at half-time because there would be lots of bleeping on television,” said Mourinho. “There were a few strong words at half-time relating to their attitude and the intensity of the game.

“To come back from 2-0 down away from home against a team that is desperate for points, it gives us a great feeling. It's a remarkable comeback, but we made mistakes. The first goal is a bad goal. We started bad once more, not pressing the ball or the opponent and giving them much space.


“In the second half we were all expecting a direct comeback, and then we concede a goal that is a good goal to show the kids in the academies in the country. It shows top players can concede silly goals.

“But then the attitude, the intensity, the quality, the dynamic, the risk were fantastic.”

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