Manchester United players gathered in the centre circle ahead of Manchester United’s clash with Valencia in the UEFA Champions League tie on Tuesday night.
A lot of pressure has been mounted on Jose Mourinho and his team, and while they gathered in the centre circle, Antonio Valencia was seen boosting the morale of the squad by dishing out instructions to the players.
There have been rumours of rifts in the Manchester United dressing room, with reports claiming Mourinho’s relationship with the likes of Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and Antonio Valencia has deteriorated.
However, Marouane Fellaini has revealed that the team is on one page with the manager which is why they gathered in the centre of the pitch.
He told United’s official website: “Everyone is going in the same direction, to try to improve and to do better.
“I think we wanted to show that we are together.”
Asked who had the idea to gather for a huddle, Fellaini replied: “Everybody. I think everybody is behind the manager.
“We have to do our best and do our job. We showed it [against Valencia] but we have to do better on Saturday. The spirit is there.
“You saw it today but we have to win on Saturday [against Newcastle].”
Despite the goalless draw against Valencia, Fellaini conceded that the team improved in its performance compared to the 3-1 defeat to West Ham.
“It was a bad day against West Ham,” Fellaini said.
“We were all bad. Today, I think we showed improvement and we have to keep going. It was much better than West Ham.
“We put in energy, effort, we ran forward, we tried to score the goal. We have to keep going.
“We have to continue to work hard. We have the next game on Saturday so it is another chance to do better. We have to work hard and try to win.
“It is always good to win the game before the break for internationals. So, yes, it’s important.”