Lingard dazzled supporters with an effervescent display at the Riverside and sealed the three points for Mourinho’s men with a wondrous strike after 62 minutes.
He was forced off after 80 minutes with an ankle injury, displaying clear signs of discomfort as he hobbled off to be replaced by Anthony Martial.
But Mourinho, speaking after the game, noted that the the Englishman’s knock was nothing too serious.
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Man United have reached a point in their campaign where the prospect of injuries is both increasingly likely and potentially fatal. The game against Middlesbrough was United’s ninth in just over a month and some players – take Paul Pogba, who was forced off with a pulled hamstring during the 1-0 win over FC Rostov – are clearly feeling the strain.
But with an April period consisting of eight games looming on the horizon, Mourinho will know that an accumulation of injuries at this point could plunge his side into a mire. United fans will be pleased to hear, therefore, that the 24-year-old will be back in action after the international break.