Cristiano Ronaldo sent a pointed “we stand United!” message after helping Ralf Rangnick’s Red Devils score a dramatic 4-2 win over old foes Leeds.
The Elland Road victory for Manchester United came at the end of a week when the unity within Rangnick’s dressing room has been called into question.
Suggestions of leaks from players to the press have seen criticism aimed at United stars.
Interim head coach Rangnick shot down reports he was considering a mid-season change of skipper, saying defender Maguire would keep the job for the rest of the season.
Maguire has also scoffed at the suggestion of such bickering in the squad. It was defender Maguire who headed United ahead in Sunday’s Premier League clash in Leeds, while he also won all five of his duels.
The victory strengthens United’s hold on fourth place, and Ronaldo later declared: “Very important Premier League win before we change our focus to the Champions League and head to Madrid. Back on track! We stand United!”
Ronaldo was not the only United player to celebrate with fans, as goalkeeper David de Gea told the United faithful in an Instagram post: “I guess you enjoyed as much as I did.”
Winger Jadon Sancho also reacted, declaring: “A game we had to win. We delivered together as a team. Have a nice evening Reds.”
Midfield general Paul Pogba savoured the occasion, and United’s attitude to being pegged back from 2-0 to 2-2, writing: “It’s not over until it’s over. Great team spirit today, massive three points.”