Jesse Lingard has admitted he has experienced one of the most ‘difficult’ seasons of his career in the just-concluded campaign.
Lingard netted only a single goal last season against Leicester in the final game of the campaign. And now the England international, who has been linked with an exit has hinted at staying Old Trafford. Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Lingard started the season as a first-team player but later lost his place following the arrival of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon in January.
“I’m starting with the man in the mirror I’m asking him to change his ways,” he wrote on Instagram.
“This season has been difficult for so many reasons. I lost who I was as a player and person, but I never wanted to give up, I knew who I really was on and off the pitch and knew that having been there before I could get there again.”
“This meant working harder than I’d ever done before and trusting in those around me that they knew how to best help me achieve that. I know the fans have been frustrated but in all this time my love for this club and everyone connected to it has never left me.”
“This team, this club is my family and I will continue to keep working harder than ever to help this team achieve its goals. ❤️🔴🙏🏾 #MUFamily”
The 27-year-old has a year to run on his existing deal, though the Red Devils can extend that by a further 12 months.