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I said what I had to say last week in Geneva, at a UEFA meeting that we had.

The 55-year-old spoke positively about his players and their approach after the humbling at the hands of Mauricio Pochettino's side, pointing out how the fans applauded their team off the pitch.

"I think the happiness, the confidence, the self-esteem was what pushed him to play the first match nearly without training against Leicester and played a very good match". Asked whether this was down to the Lindelöf-Smalling partnership, Mourinho said: "No, I think the team as a team is resolving the defensive problems better than before".

Despite dominating possession, United struggled to make headway against a well-drilled Wolves team, who threatened to snatch a win at the end in a match that pitted Mourinho against his former reserve goalkeeper during his time at Porto, Nuno Espirito Santo.

That form has lifted United ahead of tonight's clash against Wolves, yet growing optimism is underpinned by the manager's sustained belief - first uttered in pre-season as transfer frustration grew - that this will be a tough campaign.

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"Come on, this is something you learn when you are a kid in the academy, you don't need experiences at the highest level to learn that. They did. That attitude made a difference", he further added.

Mourinho even claimed he was more pleased with their last home display - the 3-0 defeat to Tottenham - than he was this latest effort. I could go in this direction but Alexis Sánchez and Jesse Lingard didn't play.

But Sweden worldwide Lindelof admitted that it was a clinical touch in the final third of the pitch that cost the team this time.

"Unless you are playing in such a weak league where you play against really weak opponents and then playing 20 per cent of potential is enough to win. Overall we don't deserve more than this".

Mourinho introduced Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Andreas Pereira from the bench in the final half-an-hour and all looked sharp, but the manager was in no mood to praise them. "Let's improve, let's get better so we can (be) every week like this".

"I think they got good young players and got also good experienced, stable players".

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