Mourinho insisted bad luck was the primary reason why his side drew 2-2 against Leicester and followed that up with another draw against Burnley at Old Trafford, as he insisted both games should have been won, as he was asked if United were going through a hard patch.
Despite the latest draw, which keeps United ahead of third-placed Chelsea, United trail league leaders Manchester City by 12 points, with their rivals having the opportunity to extend the gap when they face Newcastle on Wednesday.
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Jose Mourinho started Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku together for the first time this season, but the two big forwards weren't looking like they were forming a deadly strike partnership as the Red Devils looked extremely sluggish in attack.
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"It's the first Christmas without my father and I think that's the most hard one", he said.
"I need my players to believe in them [selves] and I need them to believe in me; to accept the risk and not be afraid to lose three or four".
Mourinho threw on Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan at the start of the second half, as he plotted a way back into the match.
It was the latter who made the crucial contribution, back-heeling in Ashley Young's cross in the 53rd minute, then finishing from the edge of the box in the first minute of stoppage time.