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Jose Mourinho admits some of his players have a confidence crisis

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Mourinho refuses to criticise match officials after Ibrahimovic goal is ruled out
Mourinho refuses to criticise match officials after Ibrahimovic goal is ruled out

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho accepted that some of his players are lacking in self-belief, as his side drew their ninth home Premier League game of the season with a 1-1 against Everton at Goodison Park.

A last gasp Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty extended United's unbeaten run in the Premier League to 20 games, but they remain in fifth place and four points behind Manchester City in the race for a top four finish and qualification to next season's Champions League.

Paul Pogba was one of the star names who struggled for United as he returned from injury and Mourinho admitted after the game that a lack of confidence is now an issue for his team to overcome as the head into the final few weeks of the season.

“Some players are really in trouble," admitted Mourinho. "Some with the physical levels, some others with the confidence levels low. It is difficult for them to perform better.

"The performance was not very good. The spirit in the second half was phenomenal, but we played better in other matches."

Mourinho then renewed his call for a video replay system (VAR) to be introduced to the Premier League, after Zlatan Ibrahimovic saw his second half goal disallowed for off-side when TV footage suggested it should have been allowed to stand. 

"With the VAR, we would have won this game 2-1 because it was not an off-side, but it was a difficult one for the linesman. I am not critical of him at all," he added.

“When the video comes, we will help them, the referees and the linesman. If there is any doubt, advantage should go to the team that attacks.

"Video replay will be welcome by everyone, especially them, because no-one wants to make these mistakes."