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Jose Mourinho hits out as Manchester United are beaten again

By Steven Beacom

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that confidence is low amongst his players after suffering their second defeat in a row, losing 1-0 away to Feyenoord in the Europa League.

Mourinho also pointed out that United's woes of recent seasons would not be a quick fix insisting he did not have the power to "click his fingers" and solve the problems.

Despite playing a strong team, following Saturday's Premier League 2-1 loss at home to Manchester City, United were poor in Rotterdam going down to Tonny Vilhena's 79th minute winner.

Mourinho was angry that the goal stood claiming it was offside.

He says his aim now is to lift the players for their league trip to Watford on Sunday, aiming to avoid another defeat.

He said: "When you lose matches, there are no miracles in terms of the players' soul.

"You win matches and people are happy and full of confidence.

"You lose matches and people are sad and feel it. I am here to not let them be in a negative mood or negative period because we lost two matches."

Mourinho made it clear that he believes it will take time for United to flourish under him stating he was not excited when they won their opening three Premier League games.

“When we won the Community Shield and the three league matches I was not on the moon, saying we are a phenomenal team who will destroy the opponent,” he said.

“I just said ‘good result, good result’. I know it is not a case of clicking your fingers. I think both of these results is a punishment for the team because we did not deserve it.

“I think the game on Sunday (against Watford) will be an independent game, a new event, it starts at minute zero at 0-0 so it has nothing to do with the previous two matches.

“Obviously when you lose the mood, the feeling, is not the same. We are experienced people, the players are good guys. I know they want to work.”

Reflecting on his first two losses in charge of United, Mourinho said: “I think they were two matches where we could have played better but two matches where we did not deserve this.

“Of course I’m unhappy. We lost the game in a moment we didn’t deserve to.

“The second half, the game was even. We were always in control. We were trying to win, they were trying not to lose. It is double unlucky because it was a clear offside.

“The second half was better than the first. In the Europa League, we are going to be the team everyone wants to beat.”

It was another disappointing performance from world record signing Paul Pogba, but his manger did not want to speak about individual performances.

When asked if players on show last night had failed to impress, he said: “I don’t want to go in that direction. I don’t want to personalise. Obviously, some played better than others.”

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