Luke Shaw revealed Manchester United’s players went “crazy” in the dressing-room at half-time in their 0-0 draw against Liverpool .
United struggled in the first-half against their arch rivals, with three enforced changes before the break compounding a poor first 45 minutes.
But defender Shaw said a heated exchange of views at half-time allowed United to regroup and emerge for the second-half with greater purpose to earn a valuable point, even though they dropped to fifth place in the process.
“We were all very disappointed with how the first-half went,” said Shaw. ‘We didn’t play well at all.
“We gave too many balls away too cheaply and luckily that didn’t cost us.
“But we had a change of formation, we had a good chat at half-time. Everyone was going crazy.
“But, you know, we said ‘relax and we just need to play our game’ and I think second-half was better.
“We still weren’t at our best but, overall, I think we created the best chances and I feel we should have won.”
United lost Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard to injury inside 43 minutes, with Marcus Rashford limping through 90 minutes after an early knock.
Shaw admitted it was tough for United against a backdrop of chronic injuries but said the players had shown strength in the face of adversity.
“It was a very strange feeling,” said Shaw. ‘I don’t know if it’s ever happened before in a game.
“But, look, we’re professional footballers so we need to be able to deal with that and adapt to whatever is thrown at us on the pitch.
“Of course it’s not easy, especially with the players we lost. It’s quite hard to take.
“We had two injuries during the week as well that sort of changed the team.
“But we kept focused, we did our job, everyone played brilliantly I thought, especially defensively as a team.
“To keep Liverpool so quiet overall is a very good job by us but, like I say, we were unlucky not to score.”
Shaw was hailed as United’s man of the match by caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but the left-back said he is striving to become an even better defender.
“These are the games that you want to try and step up in, you want to try and prove why you’re here,” said Shaw.
“You want to play against the best, you want to test yourself against the best and I want to keep doing that in my career.
“I’m still quite young. There’s always room to improve and that’s what I want to do, keep improving and see what happens.
“I think I’ve still got another level to come. I don’t think I’m really at my best and I know what I can do when I’m at my best.
“Of course I’m happy with how it went today, but there’s still more to come from me especially and that’s me being honest.
“I feel I can do more but the only thing I need to focus on is myself, keeping myself in the right conditions and keep pushing myself every day and trying to become what I want to be.”