Jesse Lingard opens up to Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Jesse Lingard is hoping that he will be able to rediscover his best form for Man United in the coming weeks
Jesse Lingard is hoping that he will be able to return to his best form at Manchester United after opening up to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about some off-field issues.
Lingard recently revealed that he had assumed greater responsibility for his younger brother and sister when his mother fell ill, which impacted his performances for the Red Devils on the pitch.
However, the midfielder has revealed that knocking on Solskjaer’s door to discuss his personal issues has helped him to get his mindset back on track and kick-start his season.
Speaking in an interview quoted by BBC Sport, Lingard said: “I felt it was best to get everything off my chest.
“I am normally quite bubbly and want to put smiles on people’s faces, but people have seen the change in my ways.
“I have been down and glum, just worrying. I felt like everybody just passed all the stuff to me and it weighed on my shoulders. It was like, ‘Here you go Jesse, you deal with this on your own’.
“I wasn’t performing and he [Solskjaer] was on me all the time. He wanted more from me.”
The 27-year-old has not been able to hold down a regular starting spot in the Manchester United team this season, but he will be hoping for more game-time over the hectic festive period in the top flight.
Asked about Solskjaer’s influence and support during his struggles, Lingard replied: “He has just told me that everything will be OK. Maybe I just needed someone to say that.
“He said he just wanted the old Jesse back and maybe I can give him that now.
“Sometimes when your worries are so deep you can’t function properly. Now it’s about getting back to my best and I feel I can do that.”
Lingard will be hoping to be involved when Manchester United return to League Cup action on Wednesday night with a home quarter-final clash against Colchester.
They will then switch their attentions to their trip to Watford in the Premier League next weekend, before top-flight games against Newcastle United and Burnley during the Christmas period.