The 24-year-old has enjoyed a second season as a first team regular, equalling last year’s total of 40 appearances with three matches left.
He was awarded with a new contract worth £100,000 a week last month following a series of workmanlike displays under Mourinho.
And Lingard, speaking to the club’s official website, noted that the Portuguese has helped to expand his game.
“Confidence and, I think, consistency. These are the main two areas that are vitally important,” he said. “The manager stresses the importance of consistency and the need to impress him week in, week out. You have to be 100 per cent all the time.”
“I think I need to score more goals. All that will come, hopefully next season or the season after. Sometimes you’ve got to be in the right position at the right time and hopefully the ball will drop to me.”
It is no question that, as time has progressed, Lingard – a first team regular since November 2015 – has looked more comfortable in his surroundings at Old Trafford.
But Mourinho, you sense, will set the bar even higher over the summer and demand more from his attacking midfielders in terms of goals. And Lingard, with just five goals to his name this year, simply has to evolve further over the next year, especially if the Portuguese spends big on, say, James Rodriguez over the summer.