Fighting took place in changing rooms
Manchester United stars reportedly had a ‘blazing row’ in the dressing room at half time in the side’s 2-1 Manchester derby defeat on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho allowed his side to argue among themselves after being outplayed in the first period by their city-rivals, according to The Sun.
The Special One reportedly watched his players bicker for a while before calming them down and substituting Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a bid to get back in the game.
A club source told The Sun: “The hairdryer came out for the first time this season, but it had nothing to do with Jose.
“The players could be heard shouting and arguing amongst themselves during the interval. Jose decided to let them blow off steam for a couple of minutes.
“He then quietened the whole situation down and told them they also needed to calm down or the second half could be much worse. Goodness knows what it would have been like if Zlatan wasn’t handed that gift.”
2-1 is how it stayed, and Mourinho hinted he would axe some of his flops, including Lingard and Mkhitaryan, for the trip to Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday.
He said: “The performances are the deciding factor. Performances are the only way that I can decide.
“So if you are asking me if they are going to play against Feyenoord, then no. And it is not to punish them it is just to decide in relation to what I have, and what do I have? Their performances.
“So of course I am going to play other players.”
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10