Jesse Lingard opens up about his plans under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Jesse Lingard has been reflecting on his time Manchester United, labelling Jose Mourinho as a “great manager” who encourages freedom on the pitch.

The 23-year-old has been on the books at Man United since 2000 and made his senior debut in August 2014 under Louis van Gaal, only to be stretchered off in the first half.

However, Lingard made an astonishing breakthrough last season; he featured for the first time in October, against Everton and went on to make 40 appearances in all competitions, crowning his season with a rip-roaring extra time winner in the FA Cup final.

Speaking with Turnstile, the Englishman opened up about his time at Old Trafford.

“I’ve had to work hard to get where I am,” he said.

“At the start of the season I knew it’d be hard to break in with the players Louis van Gaal brought in but it’s all about patience.

“Since the Everton game I’ve played most games leading up to the final and it’s been a massive breakthrough.

“I want get into the side under Mourinho, he’s a great manager, he lets us be free and doesn’t put extra pressure on us. That’s what we need and it’s what he gives us.”

Lingard continues to be something of a modern day unsung hero for Man United. His enormous influence is often only felt when he doesn’t play: attacking movements are suddenly more stagnant and one dimensional without the 23-year-old’s energy.

He is not your conventional winger who bursts past people and launches inch perfect crosses but rather a constant source of liveliness and impetus from the right hand side.

Under Mourinho, who will be keen to implement fast transitions between defence and attack, Lingard’s sprightliness and dedication could be crucial this season.

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