Jesse Lingard believes Manchester United have to “move on” following their disappointing Champions League exit this week.
Man United were beaten 3-2 by Wolfsburg on Tuesday night, meaning they failed to advance from the group stages of Europe’s elite competition.
Louis van Gaal has come under increasing pressure as a result and there have been calls for the Dutchman to be sacked. Lingard insisted United need to “stay positive” as they approach the rest of the campaign.
“Playing for Manchester United comes with a lot of pressure,” Lingard said.
“If you’re out of a competition, you’re going to get critics, they’re going to start saying stuff. We’ve got to rise above that as a team, move on and concentrate on the next game.
“We just need to stay positive. We’re creating a lot of chances, we’re just lacking that end product. But we’re working on it and hopefully that will come in the next game.
“Obviously we’re disappointed as a whole group and we’ve got to move on. But since playing the first Moscow game away, I’ve gained that bit of European experience to put under my belt and I’ll look forward to taking it into next year.”
While it is important to back the team, blind optimism will get United nowhere if they are to be successful.
It is clear that there is something fundamentally wrong at the club as there has been minimal signs of progress over the course of the campaign. Something needs to change, whether it be the players, the tactics, or the manager. United are in danger of fading away if they do not make the difficult decisions necessary to push on.