MANCHESTER UNITED’S stars had a blazing clear-the-air row during half-time of Saturday’s derby, SunSport can reveal.
But he then quietened them down before hauling off Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan and changed up his tactics.
A United source said: “The hairdryer came out for the first time this season, but it had nothing to do with Jose.
“The players could be heard shouting and arguing amongst themselves during the interval. Jose decided to let them blow off steam for a couple of minutes.
“He then quietened the whole situation down and told them they also needed to calm down or the second half could be much worse.
“Goodness knows what it would have been like if Zlatan wasn’t handed that gift.”
Despite the half-time pep-talk, United went on to lose the derby through goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulled one back after a Claudio Bravo mistake, but City managed to hold on for a 2-1 in.
It also emerged over the weekend that Mourinho will axe his derby day flops including both Lingard and Mkhitaryan.
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And boss Mourinho said: “The performances are the deciding factor. Performances are the only way that I can decide.
“So if you are asking me if they are going to play against Feyenoord, then no.
“And it is not to punish them it is just to decide in relation to what I have, and what do I have? Their performances.
“So of course I am going to play other players.”