Lingard is going in a good direction, says Mourinho

Date published: Monday 1st January 2018 7:54

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has hailed Jesse Lingard for becoming more consistent with his performances as he starred in a 2-0 victory over Everton in the Premier League on New Year’s Day.

The Red Devils scored two second-half goals through Anthony Martial and Lingard, who both scored lovely shots from the edge of the Toffees penalty area.

And Mourinho was pleased with another three points to close the gap to rivals Manchester City at the top of the league.

“Our pride, our effort, everything was top class and on top of it we played very well,” said Mourinho. “It wasn’t a performance of tired boys, with the worst possible calendar that you gave us.

“Everton had a reaction for five, eight minutes, but we were always in control. We changed our profile because we didn’t have Romelu Lukaku and I am really pleased.

“Jesse Lingard – one thing is to be a young talent, another thing is to be a very good player, Some players are not capable of that jump. They go from great potential to normal players. Lingard is giving that jump. He is more consistent, he is adaptable, he understands better the game, he is going in a good direction.

“I don’t know about transfers. In this moment we are in trouble, in 2-3 weeks time maybe we recover and we breathe in a different way. Can we improve now or do we wait until the summer? I cannot say.”

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