Jesse Lingard admits “family issues” have affected his performances on the pitch over the past year but he’s now ready to get back into the Man Utd team.
The England international has found opportunities tough to come by at Old Trafford this season with his form on the decline for months.
He has made two appearances since lockdown for Man Utd, one from the start in the Red Devils’ extra-time victory over Norwich City in the FA Cup, while he played 28 minutes in the 2-0 win at Crystal Palace recently.
“It’s just really hard, especially when it’s family issues,” Lingard told talkSPORT.
“I had a lot to deal with at home and obviously you’ve got to play in front of 75,000 people each week.
“And it’s kind of like I was numb, like I weren’t there. And the games were just passing me by because I had a lot of things on my mind.
“Obviously we’re human so everyone thinks ‘oh it’s sweet, you’ve got money and you’re living in a nice house’. But money can’t buy happiness.
“And your family is so important to you; you never want to see them hurt or get hurt. So for me, it was a difficult period and I was bottling a lot of things in at the time.
“And I felt it was right to speak to the manager about certain things and it was good. He was totally understandable with me and we went through it and then obviously lockdown came.
“Since lockdown, I’ve been working hard and I wanted to be the fittest to show that I’ve not been slacking during lockdown, to make a real point.
“Since I’ve been back in I’ve trained really well, stayed positive and smiled every day.
“It can obviously have an effect on other players as well so I’ve just been trying to bring that positive energy to the team.
“Going into the last game now, we are full of confidence.”