Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has called upon his side to emulate Manchester United in a bid to end their recent spell of defeats.
The South Wales team were beaten 2-1 by Tottenham Hotspur at home last week which was their third successive loss.
Though the defeat kept them ninth in the Premier League table, it could prove to be a setback in their aim of finishing inside the top half of the table with a chasing pack of teams now closing in.
In sharp contrast, Manchester United secured a comfortable 1-0 win over Sunderland despite not playing their best football. It kept intact their 15 point lead at the summit of the table and kept them on course to bettering Chelsea’s 95-point record tally for a season.
And Laudrup, who guided Swansea to their first major trophy in February, winning the League Cup in his debut season, thinks his team can learn a lesson from the 19-times league champions as to how to get the job done.
He told reporters: "I watched Manchester United play Sunderland last weekend. They played a very, very average game but they won 1-0 because they know exactly what they have to do in those situations.
"They can play badly and they can win, and that's something we have to try to achieve."
The 48-year-old manager is well aware that Swansea cannot match the achievements of the Red Devils, but asked his men to match them an inspiration.
"I am not saying we have to compare ourselves to a team like Manchester United," Laudrup added. "But it's good to take small steps in mentality all the time as we try to become a bigger and bigger club.
"That should be an aim for us."
Swansea proved to be the Premier League’s surprise package last season, impressing everyone on their way to an eleventh place finish in their debut appearance. The club mesmerised the English audience with a new brand of attacking football, highlighted by their short-passing and possession Spanish style game.
And though the club have built on their successes of the previous term by winning the Capital One Cup, Laudrup wants to ensure they do not take their foot off the pedal and give it their best every time they step onto the field.
He added: "After every result, we have to go on and say 'This is a new game'.
"We said after the cup final that we only had one game a week so we had a chance to concentrate on every opponent.
"We haven't been bad in the games we have played since then, but we have lost three of them because we have lacked that last five per cent."
Swansea will look to end their recent dismal form with a win over Norwich City this weekend.