Our message to Lingard: we win and lose together

Thursday 16 September 2021 09:29

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.

The lifelong Red and proud Academy graduate was unfortunately involved in the Swiss side’s winning goal, when his pass was intercepted by Jordan Siebatcheu and slotted past David De Gea.

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.” 
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Lingard’s classy post was met by a wave of supportive messages from both the United fans and his team-mates. They included a response from his long-time friend Paul Pogba, who wrote: “The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure... we strong bro.”

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.”


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.