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Jesse Lingard explain Man Utd's disappointing first half of the season


Jesse Lingard has blamed Manchester United’s poor first half of the season on complacency.

The Red Devils languish down in eighth spot, seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea after 18 games.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been held to seven draws against the likes of Southampton and Aston Villa, while they have slipped to surprise defeats to Watford and West Ham .

Lingard has hinted United struggle to fire themselves up for games against some of the strugglers.

He told the Daily Mail : “It’s strange. Maybe it’s a mindset thing. Maybe it’s our mentality going into the match thinking we’ve already won the game.

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“If we keep the consistency and mentality we had against City and Tottenham , I don’t see why we can’t win every game.

“It seems like our mentality changes. To keep that consistency throughout the rest of the season when we come against the mid-table teams, we need to have the same mentality that we did going into the City and Tottenham game.

“When we start with energy and on the front foot, we’ll cause team problems all day long.”

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Lingard has struggled for form and is yet to score a goal or provide an assist in 15 league games this season but the 27-year-old believes he is getting back to his best.

“I feel I’ve got my form back now and I’m back to my old self,” he added. “Obviously, form is going to be up and down.

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“When you’re in a bad patch you’ve just got to fight through it, listen to the manager and the coaches, work hard on the training pitch and give 110%. I’ve done that and I feel really sharp.”





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