Manchester United's defender, Chris Smalling, kept his fingers crossed for Saturday's Manchester derby against José Mourinho.
United has missed 2: 3 victories on the day to stop Manchester City's Premier League title, and had found himself 2-0 in the break.
The Red Devils were emaciated in the first period, but two goals from Paul Pogba followed by Smallings winner spared their blush. 19659005] The visitors came into their own for the way they came from behind, and now Smalling has revealed what the Portuguese spurred on them when they saw humiliation in their faces.
As quoted by the Sun, he said: "We had pity on ourselves at half-time. We wanted to go out and play with pride and I thought we would have earned it in the end."
"The manager did not have to say much Halftime, when we knew ourselves as players, it was a bad perfo rance. He said he does not want to be the clowns who stand there watching as they get their title. "
United would certainly have looked like clowns if they had continued to play like the first 45, but clearly the threat of appearing like that before the world took care was enough to rip them out.
United was down The break excellent and shaken City, which was extremely wasteful in their finish and probably not the green tee got some decisions.