Luke Shaw explains how ‘crazy’ half-time team talk helped Manchester United improve vs Liverpool

by Leo Nieboer

Luke Shaw has opened up about how Manchester United’s dressing room was in a ‘crazy’ mood at half-time against Liverpool.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had been forced to make three enforced substitutions before half-time following injuries to Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard.

And while the hosts offered little going forward in the second half, the way Man United – especially Shaw – contained Liverpool’s front three was commendable.

Speaking after the game, Shaw revealed how players were disappointed at half-time by their performance but that a good talk in the dressing room helped United settle.

“We were all very disappointed with how the first half went,” he said. “We didn’t play well at all. We gave too many balls away too cheaply and luckily that didn’t cost us.”

“But we had a change of formation, we had a good chat at half-time. Everyone was going crazy. But, you know, we said ‘relax and we just need to play our game’ and I think second half was better.”

The game felt there for Liverpool’s taking in the second half. United had lost their steam and confidence amid a host of injuries, and watching from the stands, you just felt the visitors would cut through and get their goal.

But something unexpected happened: Old Trafford got loud, really loud, as if aware that their team needed extra help, and the endless noise barreling around the ground appeared to rub off on the players, who produced a wonderfully accomplished defensive performance to deny Liverpool a huge win.

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