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Manchester United eased the pressure on manager Moyes with a 1-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in their final group game, but the Scot admits the victory came after a fierce half-time team talk, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.
Moyes' predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson was renowned for losing his temper with his team, a treatment which became known as the "hairdryer," as the article notes.
But after ending a run of successive home defeats, Moyes revealed he had to talk tough at the interval:
We need to win matches and the players responded well to that encouragement.
We passed the ball much better after we had given it away terribly in the first half and that’s not like us.
I thought there wasn’t much difference to the Everton and Newcastle games. Tonight we got the goal. In those other games, Everton and Newcastle got the goal.”
We finished top of the group and that’s what we wanted. We knew we’d already qualified but we wanted to win the group.
Meanwhile, United are monitoring Brazilian starlet Mosquito along with Real Madrid and Juventus, reports Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror.
Cruzeiro midfielder Everton Ribeiro believes he is the man to rescue Manchester United, reports Richard Tanner of the Daily Express.
But Roma star and reported United target Kevin Strootman will not be leaving the Serie A club, claims Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail.