December goals for Lingard
Jesse Lingard has claimed he always scores in December.
The Manchester United winger hasn’t done a huge deal this season so far.
However, he’s ready to help his side now.
Lingard pointed to the World Cup as a reason for his slow start.
However, a key goal against Arsenal seems to have brought him back to life.
Jesse Lingard has scored a Premier League goal for the first time since February (vs. Chelsea).
Saving it for those big games. pic.twitter.com/tGyeD6wpUC
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 5, 2018
With Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford all falling foul of Jose Mourinho and struggling in their own right, Lingard could be key.
An upturn in form from the player may well be just what Mourinho needs.
He said to Standard Sport: “I always start scoring in December.
“Coming off the World Cup, I played a lot of games over the course of last season and it kind of took its toll.
“I wasn’t really 100 per cent fit.
“We didn’t get much rest obviously in the summer after the World Cup, so coming back there’s always going to be little niggles here and there.”
Top four fight
United are in a fight to land a top six spot at the minute.
Manager Jose Mourinho may have claimed they will finish in the top six, but it’s only a week since he said the same about a top four finish.
Their target was to be in the Champions League places come the turn of the year.
However, after draws with sides they should be beating and the Arsenal game, three points from nine hasn’t helped.
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The fact Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal look miles ahead of them is also an issue.
As the January window approaches, it’s going to be key for Mourinho.
Should the club back him, he will expect to not only see his side do better, but assume his job is also safe.
However, no new players could signal another tough half of the season.
Not to mention a possible exit.