Jesse Lingard believes Manchester United deserved more from FA Cup final

by Leo Nieboer

Jesse Lingard believes Manchester United deserved more from their FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho‘s men begun the game tentatively and fell behind after 21 minutes following a poor piece of defending by Phil Jones which allowed Eden Hazard to convert from the spot.

They recovered well in the second half, throwing men forward and creating a series of half chances, but they never looked like breaching Antonio Conte’s side.

Speaking after the game, Lingard was decidedly upset at how Man United failed to take advantage of their domination of the ball.

“It’s hard, especially the way we played. Dominant through out the game, but the luck didn’t fall our way today,” he said.

“It’s always hard and you’ve got to walk up and collect the runners up medal and it’s the first time. I’ve had to do it and hopefully I won’t have to do it again.

“You reflect on the season the highs and the lows and see how to improve for next season, now a week off and then concentrate on England. Each season we will always progress, pick ourselves up and go again.

“First World Cup I go in with confidence after the season I’ve had.”

It was, above anything, a gloomy reminder of the dearth in attacking identity under Mourinho. This team is by nature reactionary, it seems – very dangerous when the emphasis lies with the other team and they aren’t the ones driving the initiative.

When they have the ball, however, with all the expectation behind them, they become morbidly clueless. No plan B, no collective idea, no unpredictability in the way they carry the ball. And you struggle to see how it will change under Mourinho next term.

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