Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no concerns about the mentality of Manchester United's players and insists current deficiencies are down to a lack of sharpness, fitness, and form.
United were reliant on a last-gasp Bruno Fernandes penalty to snatch a 3-2 win at Brighton yesterday, which followed last weekend's shock 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace in the club's opening Premier League fixture of the new season.
The Norwegian remains confident the team will gradually improve as they seek to rediscover the fine post-lockdown form which brought Champions League qualification.
"The spirit and the character of the boys, I don't question at all because I see them every day, the spirit is there," said United boss Solskjaer.
"The sharpness and the fitness might not be there, and the form, but it's going to come.
"We've got three, four weeks catching up to do to a few teams, and the more games we play, the more 90 minutes the lads get, we'll be better and better and sharper and sharper."
Despite the Seagulls having 18 attempts at goal, the manager also praised the performance of defender Victor Lindelof following his errors in the defeat to Palace and is content with the defensive options at his disposal.
"Our shape isn't there, we're not sharp enough to get out to stop crosses or to follow runs, so we're a little bit behind," he said.
"That's more the structural mistakes than individual mistakes, and I thought Victor did well.
"For me, we've got enough good center-backs here at the moment."