Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has revealed what Ralf Rangnick told the squad during the halftime talk that inspired a cleansheet win over Brighton and Hove Albion.
Man United needed to bounce back to winning ways, having gone three matches without a win despite dominating each of those games.
United came close to going behind in the firsthalf but de Gea pulled off a stunning save to deny Brighton. Watch it here.
Manchester United had missed a big chance to break the deadlock when Jadon Sancho failed to beat Sanchez from a close-range, after receiving a backheel pass from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Shortly after the pep talk from the German boss at halftime, Ronaldo opened the scoring with what was described as a ‘brilliant’ finish.
The Red Devils went close to scoring another but Bruno Fernandes missed from a must-score position.
Brighton pushed harder to stage an equaliser late in the game but Fernandes scored United’s second goal in the last minute of the game. You can watch it here.
After the final whistle, de Gea, who was superb against the visitors said Ralf Rangnick told them they need to increase the intensity of the game as they are playing at home.
David de Gea told BBC: “The message [at half-time] was that we are playing at home and we pressed high in the second half.
“We controlled the game after the red card and there was a five minute spell when they came back.”
The victory puts Manchester United back in the top four, three points behind third-place Chelsea, who have played a game less.
De Gea still believes Man United should be challenging for big trophies rather fighting for a top-four place and thinks the club have the quality to achieve the former.
The Spanish goalie added: “We should be fighting for more things than the top four, but that is the reality.
“There are many teams fighting for the same position and with the quality we have we should win a lot of points.”