How Jesse Lingard helped Marcus Rashford during his spell out of Man Utd’s XI

How Jesse Lingard helped Marcus Rashford during his spell out of Man Utd’s XI

Jesse Lingard has praised Marcus Rashford’s mentality following the Manchester United striker’s match-winning display against Liverpool at the weekend.

Rashford scored two first-half goals to help United to a 2-1 victory over their rivals for second place in the Premier League.

Despite being used in all-but three league games, the 20-year-old has struggled to cement a place in United’s first XI this season, starting only 13 of his 27 Premier League appearances.

His club and international teammate Lingard, who has scored 13 goals in 37 games this term, admits he has been winding Rashford up during his spell out of the side in order to keep his spirits high.

“I think it’s his mentality. He has got good people around him, and they always assure him he is in a good place,” Lingard told ESPN.

“You can’t be depressed around me, I’m always winding him up. It’s good that you can be around him to have a laugh and reassure him that it’s going to come good and that if he gets a chance he will perform and he has done that.

“He is doing well, he has come in and he has got the right mentality and he has shown the manager what he can do.”

Rashford’s season in numbers

Rashford has scored six goals in 27 Premier League appearances this season – that’s more than the five he managed in last year’s campaign, playing 32 games in total.

He has found the net in each of the four main competitions this term, scoring three times in the Champions League, twice in the EFL Cup and once in the FA Cup.

In the Premier League, he has made 20 key passes, five of which have been assists, whilst Paul Pogba (50) is the only Manchester United player to have completed more take-ons than Rashford’s 40.

On Monday, his manager expressed his delight at Rashford’s recent performance against Liverpool.

“He started, he had a good match and I’m not just speaking about scoring goals because, for me, the analysis of a performance is much more than analysing the number of goals or assists,” said Jose Mourinho, as reported by the club’s website.

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