Romelu Lukaku has admitted to anxiety at Manchester United and being a “bad loser”, but insists Jose Mourinho’s side remain “a really tight group”.
The Belgium international was as relieved as anybody to see the Red Devils get back to winning ways on Saturday during a dramatic clash with Newcastle.
United headed into that game without a victory in four outings across all competitions and having failed to give a loyal fan base something to shout about on home soil since the opening weekend.
Pressure had built on Mourinho throughout an inconsistent opening to the campaign, but he can breathe a little easier after overseeing a stirring fight back from two goals down against the Magpies.
Lukaku is pleased to have seen the feel-good factor returned to Old Trafford heading into the international break, telling MUTV: “I can go to Belgium with a cool feeling [after winning].
“But at the end of the day, we are not where I want us [United] to be, so I'm going to go to Belgium, hopefully do well for my country, but knowing that I have two important games for my team coming back.
“I'm a really bad loser, so coming into the game [against Newcastle], I really was anxious, because I wanted to win.
“Thank God we won the game and now the important thing with the international break is that nobody gets injured. When we come back, we have two important games where, if we have good results, we can move forward.”
Team spirit will be crucial during a testing run, with Lukaku adamant that everyone at Old Trafford is pulling in the same direction regardless of what reports to the contrary may suggest.
He added: "Our team is great, we do a lot of stuff together. We always are a really tight group.
“Every time there is a new player coming in we try and make him feel comfortable and that's the key. The dressing room has always been good and that's always been the case at Manchester United and we did what we had to do.
“We won the game [against Newcastle] and we have to be positive and look forward to the next games.”