Jesse Lingard. Credit: Getty.
Jesse Lingard has spoken about the impact of Cristiano Ronaldo signing, Jadon Sancho’s form, missing out on Euro 2020 and how his loan move to West Ham United allowed him to ‘reset’.
The Manchester United No.14 was speaking to the press ahead of England’s game with Andorra when he made these comments, and we’ve rounded up the best quotes from the 28-year-old.
Ronaldo is ‘great to be around’
Lingard was asked about the effect Ronaldo’s arrival has had on the Red Devils squad, with the midfielder revealing his winning mentality is having a positive impact on the players.
"He’s been brilliant," said Lingard. "He’s brought so much to the team. 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."
Sancho will ‘get better’
It’s been a tough start to life at Old Trafford for summer signing Sancho, but Lingard is backing his England colleague to succeed once he’s got to grips with Premier League football.
"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.”
Hammers loan and scoring at London Stadium
Lingard also explained the benefits last season’s temporary move to West Ham had and why he couldn’t celebrate when he grabbed a late winner against the Irons in September.
"You’re always going to get the highs and lows in football," the Warrington native told reporters.
"Throughout the lows, you’ve got to stay confident and carry on believing in yourself. When I went to West Ham it was a time where I could really reset and pick up my game. When I play consistent football, I score goals and get assists.
"It was a brilliant loan and much needed. I came back to United full of confidence and I want to play week in week out.
"It was brilliant going back to the London Stadium. I got a really good reception when I was warming up and when I got on the pitch. It was written in the stars to score.
"With the reception I got, I couldn’t celebrate. They showed me so much love and respect when I was at the club. It was great for me to be there to help them get into Europe. Out of my respect for that, I couldn’t celebrate."
Missing out on the Euros
Despite being named in the original 33-man squad last summer, Lingard was not part of the final 25 who went to Euro 2020.
While the United man admits he was gutted to miss out on the competition, it has also provided further inspiration to one day play in a major international tournament.
"Yes, it gives you more hunger and motivation to be playing in the biggest of tournaments and games," he said.
"I was disappointed to miss out but I was still there supporting the boys through thick and thin. They had a great chance after getting into the final but we have to move on quickly and prepare for the new season.
"I’ve been with England for many years and I’ve seen camps change over the years but at the moment I think the camps I’ve been at now are one of the best.
"The togetherness and the team spirit, Gareth’s really got us set up right. The games we’re going into, there’s real confidence and we’re trying to obviously get through the qualifiers."