Manchester United displayed a snatch-and-grab raid to beat Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield on Sunday with skipper Wayne Rooney’s 77th-minute goal and now Morgan Schneiderlin reveals how they recharged themselves after a dismal first half show.
Jurgen Klopp’s boys were left shocked, devastated after dominating the Red Devils over a larger portion of the match only to see Rooney’s clinical volley break their hearts at the end of the day.
Manchester United undoubtedly looked woeful in the first 45 minutes and Morgan Schneiderlin has revealed how repeated screaming and shouting in the dressing room during the break inspired Louis van Gaal’s men to get going in the second half.
The French midfielder said in an interview: “Anfield is always a nice atmosphere, especially in a derby match. We could feel it was a special moment and we are very happy to finish with the win.
“It was the most important thing to give the win to our fans and the football club. Hopefully, now we can carry on.
“In the first half, we didn’t win enough second balls. Sometimes we won the first ball but not the second ball.
“When we came into the dressing room after the first half, there was some screaming and shouting, but of course, that is normal because in a derby you cannot lose the battle.
“Liverpool are a very high pressing team and we knew if we kept a clean sheet we would have a chance to win the game.
“In the second half, we did what we had to do. We scored one goal, stayed strong and, at the end, it is three points which are amazing.”
United will be thankful to goalkeeper David De Gea yet again after another stunning performance from the Spanish stopper and Schneiderlin hailed his teammate by saying: “David is a very important player in our squad. We are very happy to have him and happy that he didn’t go last summer. He is fully committed to this football club.
“When you have a player like this in goal, it’s good for us because we know we are not going to concede many goals and he is going to make some saves. Well done to him.”
It was also a memorable night for Wayne Rooney; the England striker finally looks to have understood where the net is on Merseyside yet again.
After his first ever goal since 2007 across Stanley Park at Goodison earlier in this season, Rooney managed to put an end to another barren run at Anfield with his first goal here since 2005.
Not only that, it was also the first time since 2012 that the veteran forward has netted in four back to back games for Manchester United to break another record for the most Premier League goals for one club as well.
It was a certainly a welcome boost for manager Louis van Gaal as it was believed that his job was on the line during the Anfield clash and while the hard-fought win will ease some of the existing pressure, the performance was far from a brilliant one.