Amidst uncertainties over his future at the Old Trafford Man Utd star Jesse Lingard has said that Jose Mourinho tinkered him into a winner” during their time together at Old Trafford.
Mourinho was Man Utd boss for around two-and-a-half years up until the end of 2018. The former Chelsea boss won the double at United during the 2016/17 season. This came as he guided them to win the EFL Cup and the Europa League.
Lingard was a mainstay for the Red Devils during this period. He played 42 times for them during the 2016/17 campaign.
The Englishman has not won a trophy at Man Utd since then. He has enjoyed a good start to the 2021/22 season after his fruitful spell on loan at West Ham United.
As reported by the Mirror, Lingard has stated that Mourinho would “bring out” the winning mentality in his players:
“He also liked to have a personal connection with his players. Sometimes I’d look at my phone and I’d be getting a random FaceTime from him. Just out of nowhere just to check in.
“I used to find it so strange at first. He’d call and be like, ‘Hey Jesse, what are you doing?’
“And I’d be like, ‘Erm, just chilling, watching TV… (awkward silence)… what are you doing?’
“Hahaha! I found it funny. And, to be fair, it showed how much he cared about us.” Nobody can blame Lingard for being nostalgic especially now that he hardly gets enough playing time.