Man Utd news: Jesse Lingard hits back at Jadon Sancho critics

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Lingard has backed Sancho to come good at Manchester United.

Both Lingard and Sancho have struggled for regular first team minute this season (Picture: Getty)

Jesse Lingard has backed Jadon Sancho to succeed at Manchester United despite a tough start to his Old Trafford career.

Sancho joined United from Borussia Dortmund in the summer after four successful seasons at the German club, during which time he became a regular member of Gareth Southgate’s England squads.

But the 21-year-old has so far found the transition from the Bundesliga to the Premier League difficult, having failed to score or assist for the Red Devils since his £73m move.

However, Lingard, who has also found game time hard to come by this season, has told the former Manchester City winger that he’s got the full support of his fellow teammates.

‘I think it’s going to take some time to adapt,’ he said.

‘Jadon’s been around long enough, he knows football inside out and the Premier League can be tough. He’s adapting. We’ve seen glimpses. He’s only going to get better. We have full confidence and hope in Jadon to succeed.’

Sancho is 'only going to get better', says Lingard.

Sancho arrived from Borussia Dortmund in the summer (Picture: Getty)

The 28-year-old midfielder also hailed the impact Cristiano Ronaldo has had on the team since his arrival in the summer. The former Juventus and Real Madrid superstar has hit the ground running, scoring five goals in six appearances but cut a dejected figure after he stormed off the pitch following last weekend’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Everton.

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‘He’s been brilliant. He’s brought so much to the team,’ he added. ‘The leadership factor, he wants to win in training, he wants to win in games and he wants to win trophies, which is the main thing. He’s great to be around to watch what he does.

‘You can learn so many things from him. He’s one of the best players in the world. To have him back home is perfect for us at the moment. He’s really humble. He’s a positive person. To be learning different things off the field as well as on it has been really good. I think he can really help out the team this season.’

United will be hoping to bounce back after only picking up one point in their last two Premier League games against Aston Villa and Everton, when they travel to struggling Leicester on October 16. 


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