Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United are beginning to discover their “mad-dog” mentality but knows points are more important than performances.
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.
Mourinho stated after last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Southampton that his side lacked “mad dogs” willing to fight for the team but he was more pleased with his side’s display against Arsenal on Wednesday, when they twice battled back from a goal down to earn another 2-2 draw.
“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.”