Lingard sets the record straight on UTD Podcast
Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard emphasises his obsession for the beautiful game during the latest episode of the UTD Podcast.
Our no.14 is the first current United player to appear on the show, after previous editions featured former stars Bryan Robson, Dimitar Berbatov, Darren Fletcher and David May. All of those are still available from our official music partner Deezer and other podcast providers.
Speaking in the new podcast, which is available from Tuesday, Jesse opens up about the misconceptions people often have of him and insists football is always his priority, ahead of any off-the-field interests such as his 'JLingz' clothing range.
“I think people think I’m actually involved in everything but I don’t pack the [clothes] and send them on!”said the 26-year-old.
“If you came home with me, you’d just think I’m boring. I just watch Netflix all day, all week. I don’t do much else.”
Jesse reveals during the podcast that he blocks out criticism, saying:
“There are a lot of things on social media, with people saying nasty things. You can’t get drawn into all that stuff.
“I don’t read that stuff, I don’t read papers. That’s why it’s tough for young footballers coming through now, they’re so attracted to social media and what people are saying about them, they don’t actually know how good they are themselves. For me, I just don’t read anything online.
“When I first got into the first team I started reading things like that, but now I still don’t read it if it’s going well.
“One person can hate you and one person can love you, that’s just life. You have to get on with it. We’ve got to play in front of 75,000 people every week. At United, it’s the biggest club in the world, so you get criticised either way. For us as players, we’ve just got to get on with it and be thick-skinned.
“I love football,”he adds.“I love training, I love playing, I love the fans, the stadiums. I love everything about football. For me, I’m an out-and-out footballer.”
Listen to Lingard’s UTD Podcast - and other previous episodes - on Deezer and all of your favourite podcast apps.