Our message to Lingard: we win and lose together
Manchester United is a family club: we win, lose and draw together, so it is no surprise to see our players rallying around Jesse Lingard after Tuesday’s Champions League defeat to Young Boys.
It was a disappointing moment for Lingard and on Wednesday evening he posted an honest message to supporters, explaining how upset he feels and emphasising his pride at playing for United.
“Last night hurt,” said Jesse. “Every time I pull on the United shirt, I hope people understand what it means to me. I always go out wanting to do the best for the club, the team and especially the fans.
“I’m upset for my part in the defeat. I never want to lose any game but mistakes happen in football and we now push on together. We will all pick ourselves up and I can’t wait for Sunday.”
Bruno Fernandes is always quick to support his team-mates on social media, in good and bad times, so it was no surprise to read his comment: “We lose together and we win together.”
Diogo Dalot also replied to Jesse’s post by saying “Always with you - we win and lose together,” as well as the likes of David De Gea, Alex Telles, Tahith Chong and Juan Mata.
Harry Maguire gave a passionate defence of Lingard in his post-match interview when the captain backed his talented team-mate to bounce back. “It's disappointing, but that's football,” he said.
“People make mistakes. Everyone's human. We're not blaming Jesse, he's come on and tried to do the right thing, and obviously he’s left his pass short. Everybody makes mistakes.
“I’m sure every footballer who played on that pitch today has made a mistake leading to a goal. I’m sure Jesse will pick himself up, we’ll pick him up and we’ll be ready to go again on Sunday.”
Last night hurt. Everytime I pull on the shirt, I hope people understand what it means to me. I always go out wanting to do the best for the club, the team and the fans. I’m upset for my part in the defeat. Mistakes happen in football but we pick ourselves up and go again. pic.twitter.com/naTlNMop8L— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) September 15, 2021
With a positive mindset, Lingard is now looking forward to this Sunday's Premier League match against West Ham United and a club where he spent the second half of last season on loan.
Jesse's temporary spell at the London Stadium was a huge success and, since returning to United, his attitude and performances have been praised by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The England international was excellent during the pre-season campaign and only missed our opening win of the league season, against Leeds, due to COVID-19.
After an appearance against Southampton, Lingard enjoyed a successful international break by scoring twice against Andorra and, upon his return to club action, he netted our final goal in the 4-1 win over Newcastle.
Everybody at United is right behind you, Jesse, and we look forward to seeing you in action again soon.