Some Of My Players Lack Winning Mentality – Mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has urged his players to imbibe the winning mentality by getting out of their comfort zones.
United are unbeaten in 14 Premier League games but have drawn their past three and been sixth in the table after each round of matches since 6 November.
“Playing to win, having the responsibility to win, and coping with the pressure of winning is something that has to belong to your natural habitat,” said Mourinho.
“For some guys, it doesn’t.”
Six players in the Old Trafford club’s first-team squad have not won a domestic league title or major international tournament – Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian, Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Mourinho did not name any individuals but, speaking before Sunday’s trip to to-be-dethroned champions Leicester, he said his squad contains players who “need time to go out of a comfort or a protected zone where they don’t think the aim is to win”.
Meanwhile, midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been added to United’s Europa League squad after being left out for the group stages.
The 32-year-old former Germany captain will now be available for the last-32 tie against Saint-Etienne later this month.