Jose Mourinho has admitted that their confidence has been shot following their second straight defeat in a week after they lost 1-0 to Feyenoord in the Europa League.
Manchester United suffered a 1-0 defeat at the De Kuip Stadium in Rotterdam, the first time in their history they have lost four straight away games in Europe.
It was a game United probably didn’t deserve to win after putting in a lethargic performance in Holand on Thursday night, and with the defeat coming on the back of the 2-1 loss to Manchester City in the Premier League last weekend, Mourinho admits it has affected their confidence.
And Mourinho , whose side went into the game on the back of defeat to Manchester City in the derby, conceded he has a huge task to pick his players up for Sunday’s Premier League clash at Watford.
“When you lose matches, there are no miracles in terms of the players’ soul,” said Mourinho.
“You win matches, people are happy and full of confidence. You lose matches and people are sad and feel it.
“Obviously, when you lose matches, the mood is not the same, that’s normal.
“That’s the normal nature of football players, but I’m here not to let them be in a negative mood or in a negative period because we lost two matches in four days.
“I know we play midday on Sunday and in his moment it’s 9pm on Thursday, but we are professionals, let’s not make an excuse for Sunday because we have to play this game.
“The players are professional, they have to be fit and they have to be mentally strong to play again.
“I think in the first-half we didn’t have an especially ambitious attitude. I’m not saying bad, but now with the ambition you need to win football matches.
“You can say I changed eight players. Okay, I changed eight players, but I played with a good team and enough good players to win the match.”