Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has accused his players of not showing “enough heart” after they limped to a goalless draw at home to Crystal Palace.
At the start of what Mourinho described as a key run of eight league games between now and the end of 2018, United produced an insipid display against opponents who are fighting to stay out of the relegation zone.
“You must play with brain and also with heart and I think not enough heart,” he said.
“We didn’t have that intensity that in my opinion is basically related with your brain, with your heart. There are games that are special games and not just one more, and this was a special game.
“It was the first of eight Premier League games until the end of December and a game we needed to win, and it was not enough from the heart.”
United have won just three of their nine games at Old Trafford this season.