Jesse Lingard speaks out about his relationship with Marcus Rashford at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Jesse Lingard has spoken out about his relationship with Marcus Rashford at Manchester United, noting that the two have a natural chemistry having both grown up at the club’s academy.

Lingard first enjoyed a run of games for the senior side back in October 2015 before Rashford burst onto the scene in emphatic fashion four months later.

And the pair, alongside being close friends, have cemented themselves as indispensable assets under Jose Mourinho, with Rashford making 53 appearances in all competitions and Lingard making 42 last season.

Lingard, when asked about his teammate, was quick to make note of the chemistry between the two.

“It helps because you are used to each other,” he said.

“With Marcus, I know he can run in behind so my first thought is to put the ball in behind. You work to each other’s strengths.”

“I’m 25 this year and there are obviously a lot of good youngsters coming through and it’s good that I can be there to advise them.”

Lingard and Rashford demonstrated an a couple of occasions that, aside from being good friends off the pitch, they can wreak havoc when utilised together in a particular way.

Against Middlesbrough, for example, Rashford pinned the back four down with his direct, mazy power going forward at No.9 whilst Lingard swerved in from the left flank and pulled players out of position. Mourinho’s decision to use the pair as a strike partnership for the 2-0 win over Chelsea in April was equally effective.

Make no mistake: beneath the bromance and jollities lies a serious connection that, if utilised correctly, can cause some serious damage.

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