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Mourinho says Man United players lacking confidence

Jose Mourinho wanted his players to go more direct as they chased a point at home Credit: PA

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho admitted after the 1-1 draw with Everton that some of his players are struggling for confidence.

Fifth-placed United salvaged a point via Zlatan Ibrahimovic's stoppage-time penalty for their 12th Premier League draw of the season, and ninth at home.

Mourinho, whose team fell behind in the 22nd minute through Phil Jagielka's finish, said after the contest that he altered the team's style as a result of the lack of confidence in the team.

If we compare the second half with the first half, the second half was much better.

And it was difficult to improve, because I could feel some of the boys a bit in trouble by the confidence levels.

When the confidence levels are not high the quality of the performance is not easy to improve so we had to go through a short cut.

We started playing in a way where we don't feel so much the lack of confidence of some of the boys, so we start playing more direct.

We tried everything and in the end the goal arrived. From the points point of view it is not that important - zero or one doesn't make a huge difference - but it is a good feeling for the boys not to lose.

– Jose Mourinho

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Mata disappointed at enforced spectator role for Man Utd

Juan Mata will miss the rest of the season through injury Credit: PA

Juan Mata did not enjoy the experience of watching Manchester United from an armchair, but knows he may have to get used to the role of spectator.

The injured Spain international underwent groin surgery on Friday and was forced to miss the following day's game as United were held to a frustrating goalless draw by West Brom at Old Trafford.

Midfielder Mata, who has struck 10 goals in all competitions this season, is unsure when he will be fit for a return to action, but feels support from fans has given him a boost and wrote on his website that he hopes the team returns to form against Everton.

Watching a game of your team on TV is not the best possible experience, but I had to do it on Saturday.

This situation is new for me, after having surgery, but I feel positive and I'm looking forward to getting well and trying to help the team.

It was a shame that we weren't able to get the three points because now we would be in a better position, but we have to keep going.

We had some chances to score that goal that sometimes is so difficult to get, but we couldn't make them.

Now we have to focus on the next game against Everton at home this Tuesday, and try to win this one.

At this moment we're being unlucky in terms of players injured or suspended. I hope the situation gets better from now until the end of the season.

– Juan Mata
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