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Jesse Lingard: Manchester United focused on West Ham United clash

by Ben Topliss

Jesse Lingard has insisted he and his Manchester United teammates are focused on Tuesday’s must-win clash against West Ham United.

Man United travel to West Ham’s final ever fixture at Upton Park knowing that they will secure a top four finish in the Premier League if they win their remaining two Premier League games.

The Hammers will be keen to bounce back having suffered a 4-1 defeat against Swansea City last time out on what is set to be an emotional night for them and Lingard was positive ahead of the match.

“These are the games as a player you want to play in, the big-pressure games. We’re ready. We’ve been training hard,” Lingard said.

“Mentally, you’ve got to prepare for that [the attention around Upton Park] and we know there will be a great atmosphere. But we won’t let anything faze us on the day because we have a job to do which is to get the three points.”

Lingard, who has had a lot of faith placed in him by Louis van Gaal this term, also reflected on his breakthrough season at Old Trafford.

“You think about the season but still we’ve got three games left and that’s what I’m concentrating on. But, of course, to be playing over 30 games in my first Premier League season has been mad!

“It’s taken a lot of hard work to get here and it’s now about kicking on and looking ahead to the next two games and the [FA Cup] final.”

Lingard was disappointing in the 1-0 win over Norwich City last time out but his pace and high workrate has proven to be a useful tool for United in recent months.

West Ham will be desperate to finish with a win at Upton Park but United simply cannot afford to drop any points if they are to secure Champions League qualification. It will be interesting to see how both sides line up for the clash and whether Lingard is included in the starting XI.

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