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UNITED play­ers stood up to be counted in the Eti­had dress­ing rooms to roar them back to derby vic­tory.

At half-time, Jose Mour­inho chal­lenged his squad not to end the match as ‘clowns’ as they faced the prospect of hav­ing to wit­ness City be­come cham­pi­ons on their home turf.

But the Reds boss did not need to fire his play­ers up as they clubbed to­gether to rouse them­selves after a slug­gish 45 min­utes. Ev­ery player was vo­cal at half-time and it was se­nior men Ash­ley Young and Michael Car­rick who led the dis­cus­sion.

“Ev­ery­one [spoke out],” said An­der Her­rera after the game.

“Of course, the old­est guys with the most ex­pe­ri­ence – Ash, Mike was in the dress­ing room – they have the power in their words but ev­ery­one was talk­ing.

“We didn’t talk too much about tac­tics, just about our pride and about the club – this club you can never un­der­es­ti­mate it.

“Our pride on the pitch and that our fans were go­ing to have a dif­fi­cult night if we got beaten.

“We did it for them and of course for us and our po­si­tion but over­all for them. I was think­ing at half-time that it was go­ing to be dif­fi­cult for them if we got beaten so I’m happy for them.”

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