Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has revealed what his manager José Mourinho said to his side as they were 2-0 down at half-time against Newcastle United, before their impressive comeback to win the game 3-2.
Speaking after his side's dramatic victory, via Portuguese outlet Record, the powerful midfielder was asked to shed some light on how his team were galvanised to produced their gutsy second half performance, and said: "He (Mourinho) asked us to be men and not be scared, just to play. That's what we did."
Following early strikes from Magpies duo Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto, United went in to the break two goals down and with large sections of the crowd against them. Mourinho's inspiring words clearly did the trick, as his sider rallied in the final twenty minutes of the game, with Alexis Sánchez provided the dramatic last minute winner to send the home fans into raptures.
However, Mourinho's full-time words have also been highlighted, with the former Chelsea man apparently being spotted mouthing the popular Portuguese insult: "Vai tomar no cú filhos da puta" at video cameras following the win.
His foul-mouthed tirade is believed to be aimed at the press, who have continued to speculate over his future at the club amid their struggles.
Before the match, conflicting reports emerged over the future of the 'Special One', with many believing his time at the club would be over should they fail to beat Rafael Benítez's side.
United's stirring comeback appears to have kept Mourinho is a job for now, but a return to poor form after the international break could well see the manager sacked before Christmas.