Jesse Lingard thinks he knows the real reason why Manchester United’s performance considerably dips while facing the teams below them in the English Premier Table.
While talking to the Daily Mail, the midfielder has admitted that most of his teammates including himself don’t focus enough while facing the weaker sides which has led to some of the embarrassing defeats Man Utd have faced lately.
Things were looking bright after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team defeated Tottenham and Manchester City one after the another, but it seems now that the momentum built by those wins has already been lost.
Manchester United were held at home by a then managerless Everton a fortnight ago before they became the first team to lose a Premier League game at Watford this season when they slipped to a 2-0 defeat last Sunday.
What a chance 😲
Jesse Lingard races through on goal but his chip sails over!
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) 22 December 2019
And Lingard, who was guilty of a shocking miss at Vicarage Road when the game was still goalless, fears United are only capable of raising themselves for the glamour fixtures.
He told the Daily Mail:
It’s strange. Maybe it’s a mindset thing. Maybe it’s our mentality going into the match thinking we’ve already won the game.
“If we keep the consistency and mentality we had against City and Tottenham, I don’t see why we can’t win every game.
“It seems like our mentality changes. To keep that consistency throughout the rest of the season when we come against the mid-table teams, we need to have the same mentality that we did going into the City and Tottenham game.
“When we start with energy and on the front foot, we’ll cause team problems all day long.”
Lingard recently won his place back in the team following one of the most difficult spells of his career, during his form was understandably adversely affected by health issues affecting his mother.
The 27-year-old now feels he is on the verge of returning to his best form and insists it won’t be long until he is delivering goals and assists on a regular basis.