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Jesse Lingard: I had to back up Marcus Rashford

by Sam Peoples

Jesse Lingard has joked that he had to back-up his teammate Marcus Rashford in an altercation with Manchester City players during the derby.

Rashford went down after a rash challenge from Martin Demichelis yet Martin Oliver waved away what was a stonewall penalty but not before City players surrounded the 18-year-old, pointing their fingers and accusing him of going down too easily.

Despite being one of the smallest players on the pitch, Lingard jumped straight in Fernando’s face to help Rashford and speaking to ManUtd.com about the incident, Lingard joked<: “Yeah, I had to back him up didn’t I and look after the young lads! [Laughs] But I thought it was a penalty as well.”

For me, the derby on Sunday was a match were Lingard won over a lot of fans who had doubts over whether he deserved to be a regular feature in our squad. He showed real fight and passion against City and after two games against Liverpool in which our players limped to defeat over two legs it was exactly what fans wanted to see.

Lingard is not the best technical player but his defensive discipline was excellent in testing circumstances against City. He had the right attitude and put in a professional performance which caught the eye of Rio Ferdinand.

I think Lingard can be a good squad player for United over the next few years and he certainly won me over a bit with how he played against City, least not for squaring up to them to support Rashford.

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