Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has decided to ditch excuses and actually have his players fight for more match points as the season draws closer to its halfway mark.
United have dropped to eighth in the Premier League table, 18 points adrift of Manchester City, after a run of four games without a victory.
The Portuguese tactician believes the Red Devils are beginning to discover their “mad-dog” mentality after their 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the midweek.
“There are special players with special characteristics,” Mourinho said, ahead of the visit of Fulham to Old Trafford on Saturday.
“Just to give you a couple of examples – [Ander] Herrera, [Marcus] Rashford – they are the kind of players that even if their game was not phenomenal, that intensity, that desire, that passion and that sacrifice is always present.
“But I prefer to say that the team as a team had that mentality.
“We have to try to transport that to this game. I know that it is only two days. I know that it is not easy.
“But no excuses. I sat here a few weeks ago speaking about the December month and no defeats – that is a reality – good fights and good spirit but just one victory against Young Boys and three draws.
“We need points.”