Manchester United players became embroiled in a half-time row during their 2-1 derby day defeat to Manchester City, according to reports.
The Sun claims that following the Red Devils’ dire first-half display against City, Jose Mourinho let his players have heated arguments between themselves.
After managing to regain control of the dressing room, the Portuguese coach took off Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in an attempt to alter the course of the match.
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.
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“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.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulled one back before half-time for United after Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho had given the Citizens a two-goal lead.
The result stayed the same and Mourinho hinted in an interview afterwards that he would axe his under-performing players for their Europa League trip to Feyenoord on Thursday.
“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.”