I misplaced who I used to be as a participant – Lingard addresses Man United struggles

Jesse Lingard admitted he “misplaced who I used to be as a participant” as he addressed his tough 2019-20 marketing campaign with Manchester United.

The England worldwide made simply 9 Premier League begins – by far his fewest since his breakthrough 2015-16 season with United – and the latest of these got here in a New 12 months’s Day loss to Arsenal.

Lingard, who was taken off in every of these 9 video games, was restricted to a handful of substitute’s appearances as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s facet rediscovered their kind both facet of the coronavirus-enforced break to safe a top-four end and qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League.

The marketing campaign at the very least ended on a excessive for Lingard as he scored his first top-flight purpose since December 2018 within the 2-Zero win over Leicester Metropolis on Sunday, however the 27-year-old confessed to experiencing a tough time period together with his boyhood membership.

Lingard has beforehand spoken of being affected by off-field points involving his household, however claimed his love for United has by no means diminished.

In an Instagram publish, the 27-year-old wrote: “This season has been tough for thus many causes.

“I misplaced who I used to be as a participant and particular person, however I by no means needed to surrender, I knew who I actually was on and off the pitch and knew that having been there earlier than I might get there once more.

“This meant working tougher than I would ever finished earlier than and trusting in these round me that they knew tips on how to greatest assist me obtain that.

“I do know the followers have been annoyed however in all this time my love for this membership and everybody linked to it has by no means left me.

“This group, this membership is my household and I’ll proceed to maintain working tougher than ever to assist this group obtain its objectives.”

Lingard has only one 12 months left remaining on his United deal and there have been recommendations he could possibly be offloaded on this switch window.

In January the midfielder appointed Paul Pogba’s long-term agent Mino Raiola – who has had quite a few points with United previously¬†– to characterize him.

Printed 29 Jul 2020, 00:06 IST