Blind reveals United's chief motivation to beat City
Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind has revealed the key motivation that drove his side to success in last Sunday's derby day win against Manchester City - with captain Wayne Rooney playing the role of cheerleader in chief.
United thumped City 4-2 at Old Trafford, with Blind confirming the desperation to end a run of four straight defeats against their local rivals fanned their ambitions.
"Everyone knew how important this game was, not only because it's a rat race in the last games, but also because of the history of the last four games." said Blind.
"Wayne Rooney mentioned that in the dressing room before the game to all the players and it is something that you have in mind when you go on to the pitch.
"It was a thing what was always in our minds. It was going through the team. You saw how everyone was fighting for each other.
"Maybe after the first five minutes we were a bit like, 'What is happening here?' but after that we picked it up again and we did very well. And with the crowd behind us, it was amazing."
Meanwhile, United full-back Luke Shaw has admitted that he has failed to live up to his own standards in his first season at Old Trafford.
Shaw was a £27m signing from Southampton ahead of Louis van Gaal's arrival as United boss, but the England youngster has struggled to impress after stepping onto the big stage at United.
Not that he is trying to hide this fact. Indeed, Shaw was quick to condemn his own performances in a season that has seen him criticised for his fitness and form.
"If I was to write a school report on my first season here I'd give myself a C-minus," says Shaw.
"It's been a frustrating one because of the injuries I've picked up but I'm still loving it. You don't realise just how big Man United is until you're actually here - it's frightening! It is the biggest club around.
"I'm playing with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Angel Di Maria, (Radamel) Falcao. It's weird because my friends always talk about them, saying how good they are and I'm just thinking, "Wow, I play with them!'
"I'm probably one of the luckiest 19-year-olds to be alive."