Jesse Lingard: Man United must rise above the critics

Man United winger Jesse Lingard has urged his teammates to ignore the criticism and focus on the rest of the season, after the Red Devils crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday night.

United’s 3-2 defeat to Wolfsburg in Germany, means Louis Van Gaal’s side were the only English team to fail to make the knockout stages of the competition, and their exit has led to an increase in pressure surrounding the Dutchman’s future at Old Trafford.

Despite being fourth in the table and within three points of Leicester at the top of the league, the club has come under all sorts of criticism so far this season, with regards to their style of play and lack of goals.

But speaking to the Manchester United club website, England starlet Jesse Lingard believes there is no need to panic. “Playing for Manchester United comes with a lot of pressure” he said.

“If you’re out of a competition you’re going to get critics, they’re going to start saying stuff. We’ve got to rise above that as a team, move on and concentrate on the next game.”

“We just need to stay positive” he said. “We’re creating lots of chances, we’re just lacking that end product. But we’re working on it and hopefully that will come in the next game”

United fans will hope that Jesse Lingard’s claims are accurate, as next up for the Reds is an away trip to newly promoted side Bournemouth on Saturday. Anything other than three points will surely crank up the pressure even more on the under performing United players and their under fire boss.