Jesse Lingard opened up about his struggle before reviving to his old form and his love for Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandes.
Jesse Lingard has expressed his feelings regarding his tough circumstances with Manchester United and England national team. Though, the future looks positive as the 28-year-old abandons dark times past him. Along with all these emotions, Lingard also opened up about his Old Trafford colleague Bruno Fernandes.
During the 2018 and 2019 seasons, the attacking midfielder went through a series of injuries which included groin, hamstring, and knee setbacks. As a result, his successful run started diminishing and he went out of favour at Man Utd. However, Lingard made a comeback at Old Trafford after his loan switch from West Ham in January 2021.
What was said?
Among the many who supported Jesse through his low period is United star Bruno Fernandes. Lingard said of his teammate to The Players’ Tribune: “Bruno Fernandes referred to me as the ‘best player in the Premier League in an interview with United … me!! Can you believe that?!? That’s coming from Bruno! I’ve got a lot of love for Bruno. He was dropping me messages of support throughout my loan. To get that recognition from someone at his level was just amazing.
“I wasn’t overachieving, though. What you saw at West Ham was the player I can be when everything is coming together. Let’s say it was an upgraded version of the old Jesse Lingard. Jesse 2.0. When I came back to United, I felt like a different person. I’m more mature, more confident. I’m taking more responsibility. To be fair, I’ve got to credit David Moyes and the West Ham lads for that. Cheers for everything, boys. I’ve been so excited about this season. It might sound like a funny thing to say when you’ve been at a club all your life, but I have really wanted to show people what I can do, you know what I mean?”