Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has revealed what he told Paul Pogba before he inspired his side to a famous and sensational victory in the Manchester Derby.
The Frenchman had a fairly insipid first half at the Etihad as Manchester City stormed to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals by Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan. However, United came out with a renewed vigour in the second half, and found themselves quickly on terms thanks to two quick fire goals from the £89 million midfielder.
After the game, Pogba revealed that it was retiring midfielder, and soon to be first team coach Michael Carrick, who inspired him to up his game.
Speaking to former team-mate Gary Neville, Carrick has now revealed what he said to the eventual Man of the Match:
“I just kept it simple and said ‘this is what you are’ and ‘this is what you’re good at’,” he told Sky Sports.
“But listen, he scored two goals so it’s not down to me.
“I’m glad I did [have an impact] because it shows little things do register with players.”
Carrick has made just one Premier League appearance this season, and has already started to become integrated into Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff ahead of taking on the role on a full time basis from next season.