Jonny Evans has admitted Manchester United’s players lack confidence.
United have slumped to back-to-back home defeats to fall to ninth in the Premier League, 13 points behind leaders Arsenal.
And the Northern Ireland international admits poor results, culminating in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle, have taken a toll on their morale.
Speaking to PA Sport, Evans said: “The lads have lost a bit of confidence. You can tell that with the possession and creativity.
“Players maybe are not playing how they naturally would. That happens when your confidence drops.”
For the first time since 2002, United have lost two successive league matches at Old Trafford.
And while they have a tradition of mounting comebacks, they have failed to score in both games
Evans also added: “Usually whenever we’re chasing a goal at Old Trafford, especially at the Stretford End, we put teams under an enormous amount of pressure.
“But with the lack of confidence and creativity we didn’t produce that. It is hard to put your finger on it.
“We lacked a bit of sharpness in our passing and were sloppy in possession which allowed Newcastle to get control.”