Paul Ince: Paul Scholes is wrong about Jesse Lingard and Jose Mourinho

by Marwan Harraz

Former Manchester United man Paul Ince has brushed off Paul Scholes comments that Jose Mourinho doesn’t believe in Jesse Lingard as much as Gareth Southgate has.

The versatile attacker has been the topic of much discussion following his eye-catching performance for England against Panama where he scored a beauty of a goal.

The rise of Lingard in the United and English set-up has seen debates arise over who deserves the credit for developing and nurturing him into the player fans see today.

Scholes bizarrely commented out of the blue that Southgate is the one who trusted the 25 year old more so than Mourinho did for the club he represents.

However, Ince feels what was said was wrong and is of the belief that the Portuguese boss deserves credit for helping Jesse reach where he has so far in his career.

According to the Daily Star, Paul said to Paddy Power: “I don’t agree with what Paul Scholes has said about Jesse Lingard and Jose Mourinho.

“Just a few months ago and Lingard wouldn’t have even been considered for the World Cup. People forget that it was Mourinho that gave Lingard the opportunity to step up, and you can see how well he’s done because he’s had his best season ever under him this year.

“The reason Lingard is playing so well in Russia is totally down to Jose. He was playing him regularly for United, and stepped up and showed what he’s made of, but Mourinho took that risk, not Southgate.”

This season has very much so been a breakthrough one for Jesse, not in the traditional sense but in the sense that he’s become a regular starter for club and country.

Having impressed so far in the World Cup, there’s the hope that the academy man can keep stepping up his level in order to be a huge part of his manager’s plans next season.

Latest Top Stories...