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Luke Shaw opens up about Mourinho’s half-time team-talk

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has revealed that Jose Mourinho’s half-time team talk helped the Red Devils overturn a 2-0 deficit against Newcastle United and ultimately win the game 3-2.

There was intense pressure on Mourinho prior to the game as reports had claimed that it was his last as the manager of Manchester United. When the Red Devils were two goals down within 10 minutes, it seems as though the guillotine had all but fallen on the Portuguese.

However, the Old Trafford outfit were a completely different team after the half-time and Luke Shaw admitted that some really strong – and absolutely correct – words were spoken at half-time.

“If I’m honest, yeah, 100%. As soon as we came out in the second half a lot of strong words were said at half time in the changing room,” he told MUTV.

“I think everything of what was said was correct, 2-0 down at half time against Newcastle at home is really bad, and it helped us, it helped us. We came out a new side in the second half.”

The former Southampton starlet then revealed that the team spirit was strong and all the team needed was a kick in the backside, something which the Portuguese’s words sparked in the dressing room.

“At half time, I’m sure there were a lot of happy people loving every moment of it, but the team spirit is very strong.

“The half-time team talk was very strong and it was needed and gave us a kick up the arse, the way we were much better in the second half, much quicker and more direct and more like the United we saw in the old days.”

United are still not out of trouble as they are at number 8 with just 13 points to their name.

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