Jonny Evans has admitted Manchester United’s players have lost their confidence following their second successive home defeat, against Newcastle on Saturday.
United have slumped to back-to-back losses at Old Trafford for the first time in 11 years and sit ninth in the Premier League, 13 points behind leaders Arsenal.
And the Northern Ireland international admits poor results, culminating in the 1-0 reverse to Newcastle, have taken a toll on their morale.
He told PA Sport: "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."
United have a tradition of mounting comebacks, and did so to beat Newcastle 4-3 in the same fixture last season. But against the Magpies this time, as well as in last Wednesday's loss to Everton, they failed to score.
Evans 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."