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Monday 21 August 2017

Marouane Fellaini: Wayne Rooney's speech fired us all up

Fellaini and Rooney
Fellaini and Rooney

Wayne Rooney put off-field problems to one side and delivered an inspirational speech that propelled Manchester United to a bruising knockout victory over Tottenham.

After yesterday's 3-0 rout of Spurs, Rooney's team-mate Marouane Fellaini revealed the captain had delivered a rousing speech to the squad on the eve of the game - and it clearly worked.

"It was a very important speech," the United midfielder said.

Manager Louis van Gaal knew his captain had given the speech, but was unable to witness it himself as it was in a players-only meeting.

"I was aware of (the speech)," Van Gaal said.

"The players know this game was of massive importance so I think a captain has to do something to help the players or help the manager or help the club. I was very pleased.

"I was not in the meeting because the captain has his own privileges."

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