Lin­gard ex­pects show to con­tinue af­ter week of hard work in Dubai

Sport360 - - Premier League - By Si­mon Peach @Sport360 ✉ ed­i­to­[email protected]

Jesse Lin­gard wants to put on a show at Tot­ten­ham as Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer’s Manch­ester United look to con­tinue their ex­cel­lent re­cent form.

Last month’s de­ci­sion to sack Jose Mour­inho has brought an im­me­di­ate turn­around in for­tunes, style and back­room con­tent­ment.

Care­taker man­ager Sol­sk­jaer has em­u­lated Sir Matt Busby’s five­match win­ning start to life at the helm in all com­pe­ti­tions, al­though the level of op­po­nent has yet to pro­vide the 1999 tre­ble hero with a gen­uine test.

Sun­day’s Wem­b­ley clash with Tot­ten­ham is sure to be their tough­est match to date, but Lin­gard ex­pressed the con­fi­dence around the United squad af­ter bond­ing fur­ther on a warm-weather train­ing camp in Dubai.

“It’s go­ing to be tough but, with the run we’ve been on at the mo­ment and the form we’ve had, we back our­selves 100 per cent,” Lin­gard said.

“So, we go there with the full in­ten­tion of win­ning and get­ting the three points. We’re on a great run at the mo­ment, so to carry it on against Tot­ten­ham and to get the win would be per­fect.”

It is also a chance for United to ex­act re­venge af­ter Spurs boss Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino – the favourite to takeover at Old Traf­ford next sum­mer – over­saw an eye-catch­ing 3-0 win at Old Traf­ford in Au­gust.

While it was Mour­inho’s big­gest ever home de­feat as a man­ager, there ap­pears to have been lit­tle last­ing neg­a­tive im­pact on those that played.

Lin­gard started that loss but the re­newed pos­i­tive em­pha­sis un­der Sol­sk­jaer means en­ter­tain­ment is his main fo­cus.

He told MUTV: “It’ll be ex­cit­ing. Ob­vi­ously, as a Man United team, we’re there to en­ter­tain and get peo­ple off their seats, so that’s what we’ll be look­ing to do.

“They are al­ways ex­cit­ing games (against Tot­ten­ham). They have al­ways been en­ter­tain­ing so hope­fully we can put on a show and put on a per­for­mance.”

Lin­gard will be hop­ing to con­tinue his own fine form af­ter a stop­start open­ing few months.

The Eng­land at­tack­ing mid­fielder net­ted four times over the last five weeks and has fond mem­o­ries of Wem­b­ley, where he has scored in the FA Cup, EFL Cup and Com­mu­nity Shield show­pieces as well as shone for his coun­try.

“I think it’s very im­por­tant,” Lin­gard said of his goal re­turn.

“Ob­vi­ously as an at­tack­ing player, goals, as­sists and win­ning matches are the most im­por­tant things and us as for­wards have been do­ing well at the mo­ment. Hope­fully we can carry it on for the rest of the sea­son.”

Paul Pogba is avail­able for the clash against Spurs, hav­ing re­cov­ered from the leg is­sue that kept him out of last week­end’s FA Cup clash with Read­ing and missed the start of the trip to Dubai.

Mar­cos Rojo has re­turned to his na­tive Ar­gentina as his in­jury is tak­ing longer to heal than an­tic­i­pated, while Chris Smalling is a doubt and Eric Bailly com­pletes a three-match sus­pen­sion.

United he stands: Lin­gard is just one player to have ben­e­fit­ted from Sol­sk­jaer.

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