Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said his team’s bad performances last season were due to mental fatigue.
The Solskjaer team finished sixth in the last season of the Premier League and also missed the UEFA Champions League next season.
However, the Norwegian expressed confidence that the Red Devils will improve next season after an impressive preseason campaign.
“So far it has been encouraging,” Solskjaer told talkSPORT. “Everyone went to their summer vacation with a bad taste and disappointment at the way the season ended.
“Soccer is an emotional game. It is always difficult when a new manager has to come, and the former loses his job. But the players handled it well during the summer and have come back fit and ready.
“I know how beautiful the margins are in football and how easily things can go from good to bad. It is a mental game; everything is in the head.
“We don’t handle the ups and downs well enough, and we know that. That would be reduced to mental fatigue because it was an exhausting season for everyone. But we’ll be better this year.
“We need to improve, and we need to be better. The more we grow, and the more we develop, the higher the chances that we can play trophies at the end of the season.
“These boys have demonstrated their abilities. If we stay balanced, I can see ourselves improving a lot.”