Tuesday, October 26, 2021

GIVE ME MOUR Jesse Lingard reveals that Jose Mourinho previously used it “check-in only” with FaceTime and “made me a winner”.

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JESSE LINGARD has revealed that Jose Mourinho happened to use it FaceTime during his tenure as Manchester United manager.

The English midfielder, who has played at Old Trafford for a decade, was coached by the Portuguese between 2016 and 2018.

Lingard had an outstanding 2017-18 season under the two-time Champions League winner, scoring 13 goals in 48 games.

And while the 28-year-old admits that Mourinho didn’t take it well when players were injured, he also insists he had a positive relationship with him – even if his methods were a little unorthodox at times.

Speaking to The Players’ Tribune, he said: “I and José generally had a good relationship, I have to say. He was good to me.

“Before all the injuries, he trusted me, played me in important games. We won trophies and he made me a winner. He could just bring that side of you to the fore.”

“He also liked having a personal connection with his players. Sometimes I would look at my phone and get a random FaceTime from him. Just out of nowhere – just to check in.

“At first I thought it was so strange. He called and said,” Hey Jesse, what are you doing? “And I’d say,” Um, just chilling out, watching TV … (uncomfortable silence) … what are you doing?

“Hahaha! I thought it was funny. And to be fair, it showed how much he cares about us.”

Lingard returned to Man Utd that summer after an excellent loan from West Ham.

He scored nine goals in 16 games for David Moyes’ side but then returned to the Red Devils at the end of the season to battle for his spot.

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In the 2021/22 season, he has played six games for United and scored two goals.

One of them scored against his former club West Ham, where he met Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team in the 89th minute for a 2-1 win.

But he remains a minor player under the Norwegian.

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