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