Jose Mourinho explains why Jesse Lingard has been handed new Manchester United contract

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has explained the reasons behind Jesse Lingard‘s new contract at Manchester United, pointing towards the 24-year-old’s intelligence, energy and ability.

Lingard was awarded a new four year deal – which will see the Englishman earn £100,000 a week – on Thursday.

The Englishman, who made his senior debut back in August 2014, has made 29 appearances so far this season, claiming five goals in all competitions.

And Mourinho, when asked about Lingard’s new deal, was quick to highlight the positive impact the winger offers on and off the pitch.

“Jesse has been with the club since the age of seven,” he said.

“He has good intelligence which, when combined with his energy and ability, makes for a player with a great future ahead of him.

“Jesse is a popular member of the squad and I am delighted he has signed a new contract.”

Some supporters have expressed bemusement – and sometimes, for some reason, red hot frustration – at the sight of Lingard earning £100,000 a week, with many noting that he hasn’t done enough this season to earn such an astronomical sum.

But Mourinho has not necessarily handed Lingard a new deal in light of what he has done this season; the Portuguese is recognising that the 24-year-old, ever since the age of seven, has given everything for this club, always striving to do what it takes to stake a claim in the first team.

Many players – take Michael Keane, Tyler Blackett and Will Keane as recent examples – have given up on their pursuit of regular first team football at Old Trafford, but Lingard stuck at it and deserves to reap the rewards.

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