Man United star lifts lid on Wayne Rooney’s inspiring team talk
Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind reveals Wayne Rooney's motivating pre-derby words in the dressing room
Daley Blind has credited Wayne Rooney’s “inspirational” team talk as helping to guide Manchester United to derby glory over their city rivals at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The Reds Devils eased to a 4-2 victory over Manchester City courtesy of goals from United quartet Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Chris Smalling.
You saw how everyone was fighting for each other and with the crowd behind us, it was amazing
Although captain Rooney didn’t manage to get on the score sheet against the Citizens, Blind revealed that the striker played a crucial role in the dressing room prior to kick-off.
“It was a thing what was always in our minds. Everyone knew how important this game was, not only because it’s a rat race in the last games, but also because of the history of the last four games,” Blind is quoted as saying by Daily Mail.
“Wayne mentioned that just when we got outside. He just mentioned it before the game to all the players. You saw how everyone was fighting for each other and with the crowd behind us, it was amazing.”
Louis van Gaal’s side can move to within five points of Premier League leaders Chelsea if the Red Devils manage to beat Jose Mourinho’s men at Stamford Bridge next Saturday.
The 20-time English champions have managed to cement their bid to secure a return to the Champions League in recent weeks thanks to wins against Tottenham, Liverpool and City.
United moved four points clear of the defending Premier League champions courtesy of their emphatic derby day win.