Manchester United’s winger Jesse Lingard praised the influence of Fred and Marcus Rashford in recent games. The duo have been crucial in helping United claim wins over Manchester City and Tottenham in recent weeks. This has improved hopes of United finishing in the top four, as they are now just four points behind Chelsea after 17 matches. These victories have come at a time when a lot of questions were asked about manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ability to lead a huge club like Manchester United. Rashford has come up with three goals in these two games while Fred has been impressive in midfield.
The duo have also been criticised at various stages. Fred has been constant source of criticism ever since making a big-money transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk under Jose Mourinho. Rashford, meanwhile, has been blowing hot and cold in the last couple of years. Lingard was himself on the fringes of first-team before being brought back by Solskjaer. Now, Lingard says that Rashford and Fred have been making immense contribution to the team over the last few games and he expects the momentum to continue. Apart from performing well in the domestic competitions, United also sealed the top spot in the Europa League with a 4-0 win against AZ Alkmaar.
Even with a lot of doubters, Lingard claimed that United proved their squad strength with the win over City.”I am not surprised. [He is] a proper Manc, he is born and bred here and he loves Manchester United. In the last two games, he [Fred] has been solid in midfield. He is a real rock. We can rely on him when we press high to back us.He has been doing really well at the moment. We just concentrate on our one job and that’s to win the game,” said Lingard.