Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho changed his mind on Jesse Lingard for one big reason
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho made the decision to play Jesse Lingard more recently after the England star earned his trust in training.
Lingard was on target for Manchester United as they beat Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park yesterday, keeping their faint title hopes alive.
It means the 25-year-old has now struck seven goals from his last nine appearances, with Lingard now one of the first names on Mourinho’s team sheet.
And the Daily Mail say Mourinho is starting the playmaker now after the England international earned his trust in training.
Last season, the player’s form left fans wondering whether he would ever make the cut at Old Trafford.
With Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan capable of playing out wide, many thought his Manchester United career was over.
His route to his favoured No10 position was also blocked by the likes of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and, before the summer, Wayne Rooney.
Lingard’s stats last season also made for poor reading, with the star finding the net just once from 25 appearances.
But the Daily Mail say the former Derby and Birmingham loanee has earned Mourinho’s trust behind the scenes.
Mourinho even appeared to admit as such after the Everton game, where he praised Lingard for reaching the standards he expects.
“These boys, they jump or they don’t jump,” he said.
“One thing is to be a young talent, another is to be a very good player. Some players are not capable of that jump.
“From great potential, young players, they go to normal players. I think Jesse is giving that jump. He is being more consistent. He is being more adaptable.
“He understands better the game, the different spaces, the different positions. He is going in a good direction.”